Savage Messiah (1972 film)

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Savage Messiah
"Savage Messiah" (1972).jpg
Directed byKen Russell
Produced byKen Russell
Written byH. S. Ede (book)
Christopher Logue
StarringDorothy Tutin
Scott Antony
Helen Mirren
Music byMichael Garrett
CinematographyDick Bush
Edited byMichael Bradsell
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 1972 (1972-09)
Running time
103 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

Savage Messiah is a 1972 British biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, made by Russ-Arts and distributed by MGM. It was directed and produced by Ken Russell, with Harry Benn as associate producer, from a screenplay by Christopher Logue, based on the book Savage Messiah by H. S. Ede. Much of the content of Ede's book came from letters sent between Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and his lover Sophie Brzeska.

The musical score was by Michael Garrett (though music by Claude Debussy, Alexander Scriabin, and Sergei Prokofiev was also used), and the cinematography by Dick Bush. The sets were designed by Derek Jarman.



  • Dilys Powell "The sorcerer's apprentice" (film review in The Sunday Times; 17 Sept. 1972)
  • Richard Combs "Savage Messiah" (review) in: Monthly Film Bulletin; 1972, p. 217

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