A successful fashion designer moonlights as a seductive call-girl, an alter-ego created out of a curiosity for the kinky side of life. –Inbaseline
British director Ken Russell started out training for a naval career, but after wartime RAF and merchant navy service he switched goals and went into ballet. Supplementing his dancing income as an actor and still photographer, Russell put together a handful of amateur films in the 50s before being hired as a staff director by the BBC. Russell made a name for himself (albeit a name not always spoken in reverence) during the first half of the ‘60s by directing a series of iconoclastic TV dramatizations of the lives of famous composers and dancers. And if he felt that the facts were getting in the way of his story, he’d make up his own — frequently bordering on the libelous. If he had any respect for the famous persons whose lives he probed, it was secondary to his fascination with revealing all warts and open wounds.
A film director since 1963, Russell burst into the international consciousness with 1969’s Women in Love, a hothouse version of the D.H. Lawrence novel. No director… read more
Damn, I loved this! It's beautiful trash. Its mixture of melodrama, satire, blasphemy, and slight surrealism makes for Ken Russell at his most control of style. Also, Anthony Perkins gives his most ballsy performance.
A fashion designer leads a double life as a kinky prostitute. Life gets complicated when she encounters a crazed preacher and a frustrated private detective...Cult director Russell delivers a film unlike any I've ever seen. It's an extraordinary erotic thriller with a daring perfomance by Turner as China Blue and a truly insane turn by Perkins as the preacher. Not for everyone, but I loved every filthy second of it..