Document Type

Article

Journal or Conference Title

Quarterly Review of Film and Video

ISSN

1050-9208

Volume

31

Issue

3

First Page

255

Last Page

265

Publication Date

2-10-2014

Department

Communication and Media Studies

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of Savage Messiah, Ken Russell’s filmic biography of WWI-era artist and sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, evaluating its various aesthetic codes of meaning, and demonstrating how these codes contribute to a unified narrative structure. Particular attention is paid to the phenomenological elements of the cinematic narrative – image composition, art direction, color, motion, editing and sound – in order to reveal the sensuous core of the film as its method of thematic expression. We offer observations on the narrative’s deep structure in terms of symbolic references, on Russell’s visual techniques of characterization, and on how these elements contribute to the integration of the film’s aesthetic, emotional and intellectual expression.

Publisher Statement

Originally published as: Duvall, J. (2014). Savage Messiah: Ken Russell's Forgotten Masterpiece. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 31(3). 255-265.

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