After murdering his wife, a young man finds himself in a lunatic asylum. Once inside he finds himself at the mercy of Dr Calahari, whose alternative treatment gives rise to a series of weird and nightmarish hallucinations. –BFI
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
A hilariously campy sendup of the works of Poe. Featuring a stereotype German shrink, a sexy nurse, a remote controlled gorilla, lady wrestling, ghosts fucking, a microwave that thinks it's a tv/vcr, Poe poems re-imagined as goth rock songs and an orgy of blowup sex dolls and inflatable dinosaurs. Amazing.
It is hard to tell whether this devoutly low-budget surrealist expedition from the ‘unbankable’ Ken Russell borders on the inanely insane or the insanely inane. I would recommend this to nobody, unless of course, like myself, you find any Ken Russell film to be a religious experience.