Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bye Bye, Blackbird

This is Ken Russels 1971 adaptation of Aldous Huxley's historical novel, The Devils of Loudon. I created a GIF from one of the scenes, which I published a few posts ago, but I could spend the next few months making GIFs from the  hallucinogenic  overload of ideas and images in this magnificently disturbing film.
Absolutely brilliant,  it is a in effect a psychedelic historical depiction of the collision of medieval religion and the modern political state using both disturbing imagery and twisted humor to tell the tale.  One of my favorite sequences kicks in about at the 39 minute mark...I won't give it away, perhaps jiust the punch line...Louis XIV's offhand line to Cardinal Richelieu, "Bye, Bye, Blackbird".

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