Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Although in criticising Russell's lack of discipline people tend to forget that he was virtually the first film-maker to escape the strictures of realism and telestyle that have dogged British cinema since the heyday of Powell and Pressburger, it must nevertheless be admitted that watching his more excessive movies tends to be a wearisome experience. The Who's ludicrous rock opera was in fact tailor-made for the baroque, overblown images and simplistic symbolism of Russell's style, which only means that this is both the movie in which he is most faithful to the ideas and tone of his material, and one of his very worst films.

Release details

108 mins

Cast and crew

Ken Russell
Ken Russell
Jack Nicholson
Tina Turner
Elton John
Robert Powell
Oliver Reed
Eric Clapton
Keith Moon
Roger Daltrey