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Dance of the Seven Veils 1970

  • February 15, 1970
  • 59 mins
  • Ken Russell
  • English
  • Tv Movie, Comedy, Music, Drama
A comic strip in 7 episodes on the life of Richard Strauss 1864-1949

Russell's composer biopics were usually labours of love. This was the opposite: he regarded Strauss's music as "bombastic, sham and hollow", and despised the composer for claiming to be apolitical while cosying up to the Nazi regime. The film depicts Strauss in a variety of grotesquely caricatured situations: attacked by nuns after adopting Nietzsche's philosophy, he fights duels with jealous husbands, literally batters his critics into submission with his music and glorifies the women in his life and fantasies. (BFI Screenonline)


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