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Ken Russell was a flamboyant and often controversial figure who won an Oscar nomination for his film Women in Love (1969), famous for its graphic and passionate nude wrestling scene between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed.An eccentric, larger-than-life personality, he was for a time the British cinema's enfant terrible, who often battled censors and distributors over his unconventional approach to such varied and distinctive fare as The Music Lovers (1970), The Devils (1971), The Boy Friend (1971) and the rock opera Tommy (1975).In Hollywood, he made an ambitious sci-fi thriller, Altered States (1980), revelling in the hallucinatory aspects of Paddy Chayefsky's script, but his displays of temperament (including an on-set row with Chayefsky) are said to have made him unwelcome in Hollywood, though he returned in 1984 to make a tasteless flop, Crime of Passion (1984), with Anthony Perkins and Kathleen Turner.Two horror movies, Gothic (1986) and Lair of the White Worm (1988) were poorly distributed failures though, like several films of the genre, they now attract a cult following.All the music in the film is there to reflect some aspect of Tchaikovsky's life and personality."His next film was his most controversial, a version of Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Loudun and John Whiting's subsequent play, The Devils, in which Oliver Reed starred as a wanton priest, out to expose corruption in the church, who gives absolution in the morning to the women he has slept with the night before.When the critic Alexander Walker, in a television encounter with Russell, called the film "monstrously indecent", Russell hit him over the head with a rolled-up copy of the Evening Standard, Walker's paper.In 1959 he was hired by the BBC to make documentary features for the arts programmes Monitor and Omnibus, particularly the former, which was edited and introduced by the legendary Huw Weldon."My education proper began at the age of 32 with Huw Weldon," Russell later said."I stammered and stuttered my way through 20 documentaries with him." A documentary for the 100th edition of Monitor titled simply Elgar (1962), picturing the life of the English composer, was a tremendous success, and marked the first time that an arts programme had devoted its complete running time to one subject rather than short items.
"I followed the practice that I had established in my television documentaries of great artists by making a definite connection between the man's life and his work.Salome's Last Dance (1988) was inspired by Oscar Wilde's Salome, which was banned from the London stage."Only Ken would choose to do that play," said Glenda Jackson, "and set it in a brothel that really existed and that Oscar Wilde had really attended...Titled The Dance of the Seven Veils, it prompted the Strauss family to withdraw all rights to his music, and the film remains out of circulation.In later years Russell essayed music videos and an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.