Sunday, November 14, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Ken Russell. 1975, 111 mins. 4K DCP. With Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed. Adapting The Who’s rock opera to the screen, gonzo auteur Ken Russell gooses every lyrical detail about the titular “deaf, dumb, and blind boy”-turned-pinball-playing-progeny/cult leader into an audacious, fever dream of sets and costumes. Tasmanian devilish Russell regular Oliver Reed is somehow tame when surrounded by Elton John as Pinball Wizard in five-foot platform heels and satin lederhosen; Tina Turner’s scowling, raven-haired Acid Queen, seemingly on loan from a Hammer horror film; Roger Daltrey’s improbable mushroom-cloud curls; and an Oscar-nominated Ann-Margret at her most unleashed. Moment by moment, tableau by tableau, she locks step with the director’s excess, most memorably when, dressed in mink and mesh and champagne drunk—color-matched with a white monochromatic mod bedroom—she is flooded with baked beans vomited by a television set. To the tune of “See Me, Feel Me,” naturally.
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