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The South Bank Show 

ITV's long-running arts series presented by Melvyn Bragg.
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Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Melvyn Bragg looks back at his vast archive of films, choosing a different subject each time, and inviting remarks from contemporary artistes in the same field as well as offering his own reflections.

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Paul McCartney, Steven Spielberg
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Max Adrian
This Is Your Life (1955–2003)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The UK version of the popular US show. Eamonn Andrews (later Michael Aspel) surprises celebrities by presenting them with the Big Red Book before taking them into the studio to tell viewers... See full summary »

Stars: Eamonn Andrews, Michael Aspel, Eric Sykes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A biopic about the eminent composer Sir Arnold Bax.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Alan Arthur, Hetty Baynes, Maurice Bush
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When the leading lady of a low-budget musical revue sprains her ankle, the assistant stage manager is forced to understudy and perform in her place, becoming a star and finding love in the process.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian
The Rainbow (1989)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman deals in her own personal way with the trials of adolescence and young adulthood in early 1900s England.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Sammi Davis, Amanda Donohoe, Paul McGann
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A series of erotic short films, all with similar unexpected endings.

Directors: Bob Rafelson, Ken Russell, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Sharon Angela, Richard Barboza, Hetty Baynes
Lisztomania (1975)
Biography | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Composer and pianist Franz Liszt (Roger Daltrey) attempts to overcome his hedonistic life-style while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner (Paul Nicholas).

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank
Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mysterious woman, fashion designer by day and prostitute by night, is hounded by two men: a married father of two children and a sexually repressed preacher.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Bruce Davison
Gothic (1986)
Horror
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The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson
The Devils (1971)
Biography | Drama | History
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton
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Melvyn Bragg ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 181 episodes, 1978-2018
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ITV's long-running arts series presented by Melvyn Bragg.

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14 January 1978 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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1.33 : 1
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In 2017, Melvyn Bragg said he had 17 or 18 regrets about the series. He said one of his regrets was that they never did a programme on Paul Robeson. See more »

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Real, raw, and worth seeing
25 November 2012 | by feldman-carlaSee all my reviews

While I normally avoid films with tragedy, and have never written a film review, I highly recommend this film. I was privileged to attend its screening in Los Angeles this week, and Gregori Martin has succeeded in conveying the emotion, lifestyle, true events and tragedy that befell the life of his young cousin in the New York Puerto Rican community that both nurtured and unraveled a young and promising life. Although I tend toward the light plotted-romantic comedy, this film spoke to me. I hope others get the opportunity to know the true story, and see the brilliant contributions that were made by all who contributed to its making.


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