Raising Hell

I saw Ken Russell’s film The Devils when it first came out, in 1971, and it knocked my teenage self for six.  It still does, so any chance to read anything at all about it is more than welcome. But packed as this is with interviews with cast members – living and dead – and with all kind of details about the filming and the critical reception (as well as theories as to why Warner Brothers refuses to release the film on Bluray, or in its director’s cut) there’s still something missing. To give just one example: the writer discusses Russell’s battles with the British film censor and the cuts demanded of him… but then doesn’t say what those cuts were. It’s like that all the way through: you read on always expecting a little more than you actually get. BUT… given how little there is in the world about this film, I’m going to shut up and be grateful for what this book does offer.


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