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Savage Messiah [DVD] [1972]

Release Date:05/27/2011

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    Savage Messiah
    Based on the book of the same name by H.S. Ede, eccentric director Ken Russell created this biographical drama of a great early 20th century artist who died tragically young. Henri Gaudier (Scott Anthony) is only 18 years old, a self-taught Parisian sculptor of enormous talent but prone to rash, exuberant behavior. Henri meets and begins a platonic but emotionally intense relationship with Sophie Brzeksa (Dorothy Tutin), a cultured Polish woman 20 years his senior. The relationship between Henri and Sophie remains inspired and impassioned, if not sexual, and her air of intelligent refinement positively impacts his life and work. Eventually, the couple moves to London, where Henri takes his partner's last name, and his star rises in the art world as the chief proponent of Vorticism, an offshoot of Cubism and Futurism. In real life, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was a signer of the Vorticist Manifesto and a founder of The London School along with his patron, Ezra Pound, but his genius was not recognized until after his death. Gaudier-Brzeska was killed at the age of only 24 in WWI, a French Army hero who had been twice promoted for bravery. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Dorothy Tutin
      Dorothy Tutin - Sophie Brzeska
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      Scott Antony - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
    • Helen Mirren
      Helen Mirren - Gosh Smith-Boyle
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      Lindsay Kemp - Angus Corky
    • Michael Gough
      Michael Gough - Mons. Gaudier

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