“Nikita” is a song by English singer Elton John about the Cold War. The director of the videoclip, Ken Russell, made Nikita a blonde East German guard on the Berlin wall and Elton the wooer from a capitalist Rolls-Royce. A dream sequence followed in which Elton was seen with Nikita at a Watford game, strapped to the gigantic Doc Marten boots Ken Russell had originary made him wear as the pinball wizard in his screen version of opera-rock “Tommy”. —en.allexperts.com
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