Today, Larry Kramer is known as one of the great gay activists and author of The Normal Heart. But forty-five years ago, he was a struggling producer-screenwriter ready to release his adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's classic Women in Love.
"I am really strongly influenced by my environment, by where I am in the world, where I'm working, places I travel to, and the weather, and the atmosphere in general. So that's what makes the music cinématic, I think."
The world has just lost an undisputed Master of Cinema, English director Ken Russell. Truly, it's hard to believe that one man was responsible for so many outrageous and outstanding motion-picture experiences.
The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman is as unique and wonderful as musical theatre gets: a "what-if" fantasia plopping the celebrated Swedish director smack-dab in the sunny horrors of Hollywood, circa 1956.
It was touching to see Richard Chamberlain with his director of forty years ago, Ken Russell, at Sunday's American Cinematheque screening of the octogenarian's exuberant Tchaikovsky biopic, The Music Lovers.
Ken Russell is one of the greatest directors of all time, a filmmaker who pushed the envelope both creatively and professionally -- and in many ways changed the face of cinema, inspiring many of my generation both aesthetically and personally.