Ken Russell’s Altered States | 1980

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Ken Russell’s Altered States | 1980

Starring: William Hurt, Blair Brown and Bob Balaban
Directed by: Ken Russell
About this director

Henry Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Russell (born 3 July 1927) is an English film director. He is known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his controversial style. He has been criticized as being overly obsessed with sexuality and the church. His subject matter is often about famous composers, or based on other works of art which he adapts loosely. Russell began directing for the BBC, where he did creative adaptations of composers' lives which were unusual for the time. He also directed many feature films independently and for studios. He is best known for his Oscar-winning film Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971), The Who's Tommy (1975), and the science fiction film Altered States (1980). Russell was born in Southampton, England on 3 July 1927, the son of Ethel (née Smith) and Henry Russell, a shoe store owner. His father was distant and took out his rage on his family, so Russell spent much of his time at the cinema with his mother. He cites Die Nibelungen and The...

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