While everyone with normal lives will be buying bargain-basement trinkets and low-end electronics for their loved ones at 3 a.m. on Black Friday at their nearest SuperTarget, hardcore music geeks will be sleeping in.
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Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils
The sign of a good “making of” book is if it’s compelling even if you’ve never seen the film whose production it documents. Such is the case with Richard Crouse’s Raising Hell, covering the shooting and subsequent public skewering of 1971’s The Devils.
While director Ken Russell (Altered States, Tommy, Lisztomania, Trapped Ashes) had his troubles with oft-blitzed leading man Oliver Reed, the real storm rolled in after the film was released. After all, would you expect a historical horror epic that combines Christianity with sexuality to be controversial? Of course!
With a mix of his own reporting and other sources, Canada-based film critic Crouse paints an intriguing portrait of the events both on-set and off. One actress quips, “Have you ever tried writhing sexually for 10 hours at a time? Try it one day. It’s not easy.” The real tumult arrived once word of its content — particularly a “rape of Christ” sequence — leaked; while branded with the X rating in England, it somehow scored an R in good ol’ America, yet that hardly resulted in big box office.
Today, Warner Bros. still hasn’t released The Devils in any post-VHS format, at least not uncensored. Other than locating a *cough* torrent *cough*, reading Crouse’s book may be the next best thing. While it’s not on the masterful level of Julie Salamon’s The Devil’s Candy, it is a fascinating read that peels back the veil on the Hollywood studio system and those mavericks who, God bless ’em, attempt to shake it up every once in a while.
I’ll start with the obvious: The 85th annual Academy Awards air Sunday night on ABC.
Now for the not-so-obvious: A hell of a lot of Oklahomans have won or been nominated for the Oscars in years past, and three such statuettes are on display in the Oklahoma History Center’s ongoing Oklahoma @ the Movies exhibit.
To celebrate Sunday’s big event, the OHC has passed along this list of Okie-centric films, actors, actresses and behind-the-camera talent who’ve been blessed by Oscar’s gaze. —Rod Lott
Oklahoma Movies with Best Picture Oscar/Nominations:
• Cimarron (1931) Best Picture Oscar
• The Awful Truth (1937) Best Picture Nomination
• The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Best Picture Nomination
• Picnic (1956) Best Picture Nomination
• How the West Was Won (1962) Best Picture Nomination
• Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Best Picture Nomination
• The Last Picture Show (1971) Best Picture Nomination
• Bound for Glory (1976) Best Picture Nomination
• Rain Man (1988) Best Picture Oscar
• Mildred Pierce (1945) Best Actress Oscar
• Possessed (1947) Best Actress Nomination
• Sudden Fear (1952) Best Actress Nomination
• Victor/Victoria (1982) Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination
• Honorary Oscar for Career Achievement (2004)
• The Godfather, Part II (1974) Best Picture Oscar
• Apocalypse Now (1979) Best Picture Nomination
• Lost Horizon (1937) Best Film Editing Oscar
• You Can't Take It with You (1938) Best Film Editing Nomination
• Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Best Film Editing Nomination
• Johnny Eager (1942) Best Supporting Actor Oscar
• A Beautiful Mind (2001) Best Picture Oscar
• A Beautiful Mind (2001) Best Director Oscar
• Frost/Nixon (2008) Best Picture Nomination
• Frost/Nixon (2008) Best Director Nomination
• The Last Picture Show (1971) Best Supporting Actor Oscar
• The Song of Bernadette (1943) Best Actress Oscar
• Since You Went Away (1944) Best Actress Nomination
• Love Letters (1945) Best Actress Nomination
• Duel in the Sun (1946) Best Actress Nomination
• Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1955) Best Actress Nomination
• Beetlejuice (1988) Best Makeup Oscar
• Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Best Makeup Oscar
• Schindler's List (1993) Best Makeup Nomination
• Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) Best Makeup Nomination
• Albert Nobbs (2011) Best Makeup Nomination
• High Noon (1952) Best Film Editing Oscar
• 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Best Film Editing Nomination
• A Place in the Sun (1951) Best Screenplay Oscar
• 5 Fingers (1952) Best Screenplay Nomination
• Friendly Persuasion (1956) Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination
• The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar
• Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination