May 2, 2013
RAISING HELL: KEN RUSSELL AND THE UNMAKING OF THE DEVILS
Based on historical fact, Ken Russell’s beautifully blasphemous film The Devils (1971) is about an oversexed priest and a group of sexually repressed nuns in 17th-century France and the ensuing trials and exorcisms that followed. Detailing the production and the personalities of two of cinema’s great eccentrics, director Ken Russell and star Oliver Reed, film critic Richard Crouse delves deeper to explore the aftermath of The Devils, based on his recent book about the film. This lecture will ask how can a movie by one of the most famous filmmakers in the world end up banned, edited, and ignored by the company that owns it?
May 2, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture, 1035 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto
Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the door
Instructor: Richard Crouse
Richard Crouse is the regular film critic for CTV’s Canada AM and the 24 hour news source CTV’s News Channel. In 2011 he hosted In Short, a series of eight hour long show showcasing BravoFact’s best short films. He was the host of Reel to Real, Canada’s longest running television show about movies, from 1998 to 2008 and is a frequent guest on many national Canadian radio and television shows. His syndicated Saturday afternoon radio show, Entertainment Extra, originates on News Talk 1010 in Toronto. He is also the author of six books on pop culture history including Who Wrote the Book of Love, the best-selling The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, its sequel The Son of the 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen and the upcoming Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils. He also writes two weekly columns for Metro newspaper.