October 22, 2020

1976-04-01 – The Childress Index

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Russell directed the Robert wrutc the original rock opera, '4
Sttgwood Presentation. released EFn'US- Accurdtng W ”"3 difCClOf.
by Cqumbia Pictures. He co-pm- “NMth‘S name may WC” rank
duced the film with Stigmmd and wnth the great ones at thct‘cntury
directed from his own screenplay. 1‘5 '4 lcadmg {UTCC 1" mujlt
based on the origtnal work by Pctc ”‘Tommy‘ W35 ”"3 “N rock

Townshend and The Who. opera‘ttnd is; an incredible land-
Kcn Russell never a film- mark m "WSW "‘"‘ “0‘ NM PUPUlflf
maker to remain in a rut. ts ohm» mm" ”'“ but the ”m“: “COPC 0‘

nusly enthusiastic about hts latest ‘9'?”“C‘h century mm”; Russell
creation. ”Tommy” is yet another “5”; , .
milestone in a career that has sccn A§ h” Rogenlhltrcy, lead “”8‘
him produce such controversial er mth Th“ Wm! WM) sangthc
but eloquent films as ”Women in role of Tommy tn the ()rtgtnal
Love." "The Music Lovers." “bum and "Ow plays “’me 0"
”The Devils." "The Bov Friend.” ““3" Russell '5 (“H M mm“?
and recenttv. ”Mahler.“ ‘ ‘It s asttmtshtng. Thts fellow
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people of all ages. as any art form

should But ‘T0m~ " com ’ is Tommy,"
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.. most demanding film he's ever
Tommy tsthc storyofadeaf. made.

dumb, and bhnd boy who echrt- “It was exhausting and stimu.
enccs numerous indignities in his lating." Russell says 58 ,‘f the two
esoteric search for a mtraclc cure. always go together. ”In a way.
When it happens, he is hailed as simply used the camera as a mag
a young Mcssnah, who became 3"" ntfyt'ng glass, letting the stor"

P‘Oith’ then finally TCJCC‘Cd- expose itself. But the fusions 0"

“It’s about sptrtual rebirth,” ptcturcs. images, colors, vil
says Russell. ”and it raises cnoro sions. sounds, music. singing ----I
mous questions. I could sum up that was a challenge I‘d new:
the story and mcaning of faced before." . !