Between 1959 and 1970, Russell directed arts documentaries and films for the BBC including major contributions to the programs Monitor and Omnibus. In all, Ken Russell made three feature films and 33 drama-documentaries at the BBC. Ken Russell’s final film for the BBC would be his most controversial and would only be seen once in 1970, not to be seen again in public for another 50 years.
KEN RUSSELLS 1970 FILM “DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS” is essential viewing for those interested in in Ken Russell’s work, especially for those interested in the history of Ken Russell’s 1971 masterpiece “THE DEVILS”.
There is much to read on Russell and his BBC years, so I will not bore you here with mediocre biography. Instead we would like to direct you to some wonderful viewing and listening material. We have also included some related viewing on the story of Salome, Oscar Wilde’s play from the late 19th century (below we have included a print from an original program), Ken Russell’s film on Wilde’s play “Salome’s Last Dance” (1988) and for kicks we have included a rather tame clip from the 1953 film “Salome” featuring Rita Hayworth, a full length stream of Carmelo Bene’s wonderful 1972 film “Salome” and finally a full length stream of the 1922 silent film “Salomé” directed by Charles Bryant, Alla Nazimova.
THE FILM “DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS” (1970, DIRECTED BY KEN RUSSELL) IN PARTS
PART ONE OF KEN RUSSELLS 1970 FILM “DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS”
PART TWO IS NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE IN THE US
PART THREE OF KEN RUSSELLS 1970 FILM “DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS”
PART FOUR OF KEN RUSSELLS 1970 FILM “DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS”
PART FIVE OF KEN RUSSELLS 1970 FILM “DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS”
PART 6 OF KEN RUSSELLS 1970 FILM “DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS”
THE PINK SMOKE PODCAST ON
DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS
PRODUCTION IMAGES AND STILLS FROM THE ORIGINAL PRINT AND THE ONLY AVAILABLE MOVING PRINT OF THE FILM “DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS” (1970)
SCENE FROM “SALOME’S LAST DANCE” (1988) KEN RUSSELL
“SALOME” A FILM FROM CARMELO BENE (1972)
THE SILENT FILM BASED ON WILDES PLAY “SALOME” FROM 1922
RITA HAYWORTH IN “SALOME” (1953)
KEN RUSSELL’S 1960’S PODCAST
KEN RUSSELL”S 1970’S PODCAST
A BIG THANKS TO OUR NEW FRIEND LISI TRIBBLE-RUSSELL FOR ALL OF HER TIME AND SUPPORT IN PREPARING FOR AND RECORDING OUR “DECADES OF RUSSELL” PODCAST SERIES