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Savage Messiah (1972 film)

Savage Messiah
"Savage Messiah" (1972).jpg
Directed by Ken Russell
Produced by Ken Russell
Written by H. S. Ede (book)
Christopher Logue
Starring Dorothy Tutin
Scott Antony
Helen Mirren
Music by Michael Garrett
Cinematography Dick Bush
Edited by Michael Bradsell
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September¬†1972¬†(1972-09)
Running time
103 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Savage Messiah is a 1972 British biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, made by Russ-Arts and distributed by MGM. It was directed and produced by Ken Russell with Harry Benn as associate producer, from a screenplay by Christopher Logue, based on the book Savage Messiah by H. S. Ede. Much of the content of Ede's book came from letters sent between Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and his lover Sophie Brzeska.

The musical score was by Michael Garrett (though music by Claude Debussy, Alexander Scriabin, and Sergei Prokofiev was also used), and the cinematography by Dick Bush. The sets were designed by Derek Jarman.



  • Dilys Powell "The sorcerer's apprentice" (film review in The Sunday Times; 17 Sept. 1972)
  • Richard Combs "Savage Messiah" (review) in: Monthly Film Bulletin; 1972, p. 217

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