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Trailers from Hell: Bernard Rose on Ken Russell's 'The Music Lovers'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 1, 2012 at 2:59PM

Today from Trailers from Hell, Bernard Rose guides us through Ken Russell's big-budget film ballet "The Music Lovers."
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Music Lovers

Today from Trailers from Hell, Bernard Rose guides us through Ken Russell's big-budget film ballet "The Music Lovers." Here's the write up:

The onscreen title reads Ken Russell's Film on Tchaikovsky and The Music Lovers, to differentiate it from a Russian film released the previous year. One of Russell's most gloriously lurid fantasias, with Richard Chamberlain and Glenda Jackson brilliant as the haunted composer and his mad nymphomaniacal wife. Despite its many memorable and even shocking sequences this musical fever dream was savaged by the critics, with Pauline herself opining, "You really feel you should drive a stake through the heart of the man who made it. I mean it is so vile. It is so horrible."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.