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so I loved it, as I have always loved all of ...
on 12 December 2017
I watched this film many years ago when it was released. Back then I was young and ignorant of the subject matter, so I loved it, as I have always loved all of Ken Russels movies. Except that now, I am older and no longer ignorant of the fact that there is nothing in this very bad copy of the movie that resembles in any way the facts of the period, the people, or the setting. Of course Russel is famed for his avant-garde interpretations of history. But for me, this movie is so very far from the truth that it is nothing more than a rather useless, dated fantasy, that does not even begin to capture the essence of these amazing young people. All of them are portrayed in the most childish inflated interpretations of their characters. In many of Russels movies he outrageously advances understanding of his subject matter. Here he is just messing around with a subject he obviously has no understanding of at all. Unwatchable in all ways, IMHO