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Kay Dickinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326635.001.0001

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♦ ♦ “It’s Not Only Trivial, It’s Bad, Vulgar”: Ken Russell’s Composer Biopics and the Uneasy Realignment of Work and Culture

♦ ♦ “It’s Not Only Trivial, It’s Bad, Vulgar”: Ken Russell’s Composer Biopics and the Uneasy Realignment of Work and Culture

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Kay Dickinson

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326635.003.0004

This chapter analyzes British director Ken Russell's biographical film about composer Edward Elgar titled Elgar which was released in 1962. During this period Elgar already seemed a dusty anachronism to many in the midcentury, but Russell's film breathed new life into his oeuvre by presenting a composer deeply invested in a reinvigorated sense of Britishness. This chapter describes Russell's directorial style and identifies his influences.

Keywords:   biographical film, Ken Russell, Elgar, Edward Elgar, Britishness, directorial style

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