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Monday, November 28, 2011

Kenn Russell dies at age 84!

On November 27th 2011 one of Britain's most prolific directors "Kenn Russell" died at age 84! Kenn Russell was born as "Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell" on July 3rd 1927. He was best known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his controversial style. Kenn Russell was criticised as being over-obsessed with sexuality and the church as seen in his movie "The Devils" from 1971. His subject matter was often about famous composers, or based on other works of art which he adapted 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. The director is best known for his Oscar-winning film "Women in Love" (1969), "The Who's Tommy (1975), and the science fiction film "Altered States" (1980). To fans of Marisa Mell he will be fondly remembered as the director of the 1964 movie "French Dressing". Although a big flop at the British and international box office this movie is for me one of the most hilariously funny movies that I have ever seen in the vain of the "Comedy Capers" from the silent era! It also shows Marisa Mell from a very different angle as a very funny comedic actress rather than the sexy starlet that she portrays in the movie. Sadly after this movie Marisa Mell never again did such a comedic role again in her career!

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