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Tommy

Directed By Ken Russell

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Following the recent death of the revolutionary and iconoclastic film director Ken Russell, film fans will once again have the opportunity of viewing one of his career defining movies.
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Following the recent death of the revolutionary and iconoclastic film director Ken Russell, film fans will once again have the opportunity of viewing one of his career defining movies with the release of Tommy in 2012. If you've ever wanted to hear Jack Nicholson sing (or try to) or marvel at the sight of Ann-Margret drunkenly cavorting in a cascade of baked beans, Tommy is the movie you've been waiting for.


As it turns out, the Who's brilliant rock opera is sublimely matched to director Ken Russell's penchant for cinematic excess, and this 1975 production finds Russell at the peak of his filmmaking audacity. It's a fever-dream of musical bombast, custom-fit to the thematic ambition of Pete Townshend's epic rock drama, revolving around the titular deaf, dumb, and blind kid; (played by Who vocalist Roger Daltrey) who survives the childhood trauma that stole his senses to become a Pinball Wizard messiah in Townshend's grandiose attack on the hypocrisy of organised religion. The story is remarkably coherent considering the hypnotic dream-state induced by Russell's visuals. Tommy's odyssey is rendered through wall-to-wall music, each song representing a pivotal chapter in Tommy's chronology, from the bloodstream shock of The Acid Queen; (performed to the hilt by Tina Turner) to Nicholson's turn as a well-intentioned physician, Elton John's towering rendition of Pinball Wizard; and Daltrey's epiphanous rendition of I'm Free. Other performers include Eric Clapton and (most outrageously) the Who's drummer Keith Moon, and through it all Russell is almost religiously faithful to Townshend's artistic vision.


Although it divided critics when first released, Tommy now looks likes a minor classic of gonzo cinema, worthy of the musical genius that fuelled its creation. 

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Sub Name Directed By Ken Russell
Duration (mins) 106
Certificate 15
No. of Discs 1
Format DVD Region 2 (Europe)
Genre Music
Author Odeon
Video No