This is a worthy study of a director who moved too far toward the margins to endure.... Recommended. (CHOICE, May 2010
Tom Wallis's essay on Tommy
(1975) finds that both Russell and Townshend wish to 'transcend and parody' their respective genres, and treats the film in question with a sensitivity rare in writing on rock music which often oscillates between poles of enthusiastic fandom and Adornite misanthropy....In this book, Russell emerges, variously, as a profoundly aesthetic maker of lush costume drama, a gore maestro, pop artist, dogged amateur and commentator on the vagaries of Thatcherism....To say that a 'definitive' Russel does not emerge from this book of essays is far from a criticism— it is a testament to one of Britain's most visionary, contrary and multi-faceted film-makers. (Journal Of British Cinema and Television
About the Author
Kevin M. Flanagan
holds an M.A. in English/Film Studies from North Carolina State University and is a Ph.D. candidate in Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is editor of The Modest Proposal, an online journal of book reviews.