Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Lisztomania II ?

Madman Ken Russell is at it again, this time in book form

The famously provocative and controversial British filmmaker, who evidently enjoys airing the dirty laundry of legendary artistic icons, has published new books exploring the seedier sides of Brahms, Beethoven, Elgar and (the syphilitic) Delius..."Read my books under the covers, flashlight at the ready. But if they're not just about the sex lives of these beloved composers, don't say I didn't warn you."

I've got to admit I'm a guilty fan of Lisztomania and think it's way overdue for a DVD release, but I am tickled by this final quote from the article:

His notorious staging of Madama Butterfly at the 1983 Spoleto Festival U.S.A. protrayed Cio-Cio-San as a prostitute in a sleazy brothel under the control of Goro, a pimp. Donal Henahan, reviewing the production for The New York Times, wrote that "Perhaps because he lacked Ken Russell's feverish imagination, Puccini never wrote an opera called The Best Little Whorehouse in Nagasaki."


Blogger Sara said...

Roger is gorgeous in LISZTOMANIA! And heavenly in TOMMY!

7:12 PM  

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