(out of 5)
Ken Russell’s best film in years is this energetic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s popular play, here presented in the most curious fashion. It is performed by residents of a brothel for the entertainment pleasure of Wilde himself, with all the costumes and sets created from whatever the house of ill repute has available to its resources. Glenda Jackson is superb as Herodias, and she sits atop a terrific cast who all bring Wilde’s marvelous dialogue to life with exceptional ease. The material never felt so fresh in this superior version of the oft-filmed play.
Directed by Ken Russell
Cinematography by Harvey Harrison
Produced by Penny Corke
Production Design by Michael Buchanan
Costume Design by Michael Arrals
Film Editing by Timothy Gee