Savage Messiah
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Henri's interesting relationship with the ageing authoress Sophie Brzeska is lost in the director's overriding credo that both art and films are a matter of how much energy you exert."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's 'the Ken Russell movie for people who don't like Ken Russell movies,' but the truth is that it's also the film for those who not only like, but love Ken Russell movies."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Russell takes the mystique away from art, but supplies nothing much in its place."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"One of Russell's less successful art movies, still over-the-top in his trademark style, but not jaw-droppingly so."
‑ , Film4
"You get to like Henri and Sophia, maybe more than they like themselves."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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