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The Music Lovers

Ken Russell Reino Unido, 1971

Mysterious Stranger's rating of the film La pasión de vivir

The critics who called for Russell to have a "stake driven into his heart" for The Music Lovers need to blow some dust off their brains, rewatch it, and then resign. Its handling of fame, repression, opportunism and madness is peerless, with sequences so stunning they nearly knock the wind out of you. Chamberlain didn't quite have the skills that his role required but Jackson's brilliance is certifiably terrifying.