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Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils

Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils
Your Price: $19.95 CDN
Author: Richard Crouse
Publisher: ECW Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 200
Pub. Date: 2012
ISBN-10: 177041066X
ISBN-13: 9781770410664
About the Book:

The story of one of the most controversial films in history. 

How did a movie by one of the most famous filmmakers in the world end up banned, censored, and shelved? Made by "the English Federico Fellini," Ken Russell. The Devils is so contentious that even decades after its 1971 release, Warner Brothers keeps its most incendiary scene under lock and key.

Featuring an exclusive interview with director Ken Russell and new interviews with cast, crew, and historians, Raising Hell examines this beautifully blasphemous movie about an oversexed priest and a group of sexually repressed nuns in 17th century France. From the film's inception through its headline-making production and controversial reception, Richard Crouse explores what it is about Russell's rarely seen cult classic that makes it a cinematic treasure.

What people say:

"Crouse reconstructs The Devils in meticulous detail, from Russell's arduous shoot to the hysteria surrounding its X-rated release. Arguing for the film's place at the cutting edge of '70s cinema." - Maclean's

"The Devil is in the details, and to appreciate why so many filmmakers are possessed by Ken Russell's outrageous masterpiece, this book is a must." - Terry Gilliam, film director

"An exhaustive, vivid and passionate account of one of the most powerful and transgressive films ever made. This is not only a great book, it's a necessary book." - Guillermo del Toro, film director

"In his entertaining and hyperbolic Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils, Canadian movie critic Richard Crouse attempts to answer why Russell's 1971 film The Devils -- based on a story about an incident of mass hysteria among a convent of nuns in 17th century France -- became such a flashpoint in what would seem to have been an unshockable era." - Hollywood Reporter.

About the Author:

Richard Crouse is the regular film critic for CTV's Canada AM and CTV's 24-hour News Channel. His syndicated Saturday afternoon radio show, Entertainment Extra, originates on NewsTalk 1010. He is also the author of six books on pop culture history including Who Wrote the Book of Love and The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen, and writes two weekly columns for Metro newspaper. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.