The recent passing of Ken Russell gave me pause for reflection on some of the great, good and perhaps not-so-good movies that he put up on the screen during his long career. Given the eye-grabbing visuals of films like Tommy, The Devils and Women in Love, it seems likely that Russell will be remembered more for his images – Elton John’s enormous boots, Oliver Reed having his tongue cut out, Oliver Reed and Alan Bates wrestling naked – than for his great quotes, but there is one that has stayed with me all these years since I first saw Crimes of Passion, the film in question, on a double bill with Nic Roeg’s Bad Timing at the Odeon in Leeds.
Given the eye-grabbing visuals of films like Tommy, The Devils and Women in Love, it seems likely that Russell will be remembered more for his images than for his great quotes.
Exploring, for the most part, the S&M relationship between a conflicted prostitute and a psychotic priest played respectively by Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins, the film actually is packed with lines that’ll crack you up, unintentionally or not, but the one that stands out for me is Turner’s throwaway comment to one of her clients: "I never forget a face – especially when I’ve sat on it."
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