I couldn’t think of a better mentor than Ken Russell; I prefer him to any other English filmmaker. With the exception of Michael Powell, who’s my favourite.

— Derek Jarman interview with Timothy Hyman, 1980

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The only person who gave me any encouragement was Michael Powell.

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Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films by Joseph Lanza 

fuckyeahkenrussell:

Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films by Joseph Lanza 

“Without a doubt,” I say, “ The Red Shoes , by the unique duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is the one and only film that has taken the secret world of professional ballet seriously. Based loosely on the impresario Diaghilev and the Russian Ballet, it got to the very heart and soul of the mysterious world of the dance, more than any film before or since. I skipped ballet class myself to see the premiere at the Odeon Haymarket in September 1948 and have watched it regularly, enthralled, ever since. And the music by Brian Easdale is magnificent, as is the stunning photography of Jack Cardiff.”

Ken Russell – Guardian Agosto, 2007