Ken Russell
Running Time
106 mins

Ken Russell’s suitably psychedelic adaptation of The Who’s rock opera was much-maligned by the Fashion Police during the punk era, but remains enormous fun. Stand-out moments include Ann-Margaret being covered in baked beans and Keith Moon’s performance as Uncle Ernie. This acquired a new resonance when Ernie’s “fiddling about” was cited by Pete Townshend as a fictionalised account of the sexual abuse he claims he suffered as a child. The music is, of course, great too.

It’s back on screen in the Watershed’s Era-Defining Soundtracks season, which in turn forms part of  Filmic 20.

By robin askew, Monday, Feb 10 2020

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