- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 27, 2011
- Originally Released: 1972
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2012
"[With a] satisfying grittiness and vitality....[The film] shows the filmmaker's multi-textured style at its finest."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Music Lovers. Mahler. Valentino. In these and other films, Ken Russell explores the lives of artists and in turn finds inspiration for his own considerable cinematic creativity. Savage Messiah belongs to that Russell oeuvre and it draws from the filmmaker a work often studied in its pace yet exhilarating in its impact. It is the story of the short, influential career of pre-World War I French sculptor Henri Gaudier and of his intimate yet platonic friendship with a Polish emigre 20 years his senior. Scott Antony and Dorothy Tutin, perhaps better known to theater aficionados, play the two leads. Movie fans will readily identify the third-billed player: Helen Mirren in a memorable early-career role as a flamboyant, uninhibited suffragette.
This film tells the story of the relationship between eighteen-year-old painter/sculptor Henri Guadier and a woman twenty years his senior.