Ken Russell’s overpowering fantasia is a psychedelic reimagining of The Who’s 1969 rock opera, moving the period from post WWI to post WW2, with new songs added and many liberties taken with both book and music.
It made quite a splash in 1975, not only due to Russell’s brilliant pop imagery but the one-time-only debut of engineer John Mosley’s Quintaphonic Sound. Not since Disney’s Fantasound had theaters been asked to install a special system to reproduce such an unprecedented concert effect. Anyone who heard this presentation in the pre-Dolby era will testify that it was pretty darned impressive.
About Bernard Rose
Bernard Rose was one of the pioneering music video directors in the early days of MTV, shooting Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Red Red Wine for UB40. Rose’s feature credits as writer and director include Paperhouse, Candyman, Immortal Beloved, Ivansxtc, Anna Karenina, and Two Jacks. He is currently in postproduction on Paganini: The Devil’s Violinist. You can check out his work at bernardrosedirector.com.