Savage Messiah

Date: 1972
Director: Ken Russell
Production Company: Russ-Arts

Stars: Dorothy Tutin, Scott Antony, Helen Mirren, Lindsay Kemp, Michael Gough
Location(s): Cambridgeshire, Dorset, London, Middlesex, Somerset, West Sussex

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Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

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Sophie Brzeska (Dorothy Tutin) and Henri Gaudier (Scott Antony) leave the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris.

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The Victoria Rooms at the junction of Queens Road and Whiteladies Road in Bristol. (PW)

Art student Henri flatters older Sophie as she buys a newspaper. In front of The Victoria Rooms in Bristol.

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The same location now. (PW)

Sophie tells Henri not to boast. The Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, Bristol with the statue of King Edward VII behind the fountain.

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The building has been spruced up. (PW)

Henri begins to criticise the sculptures in the park outside the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève.

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York House gardens, the Embankment, Twickenham. The sculptures represent the Oceanides (Goddess Nymphs) with Dial House in the background. Information and picture from Stephen Dean (SD).

A crowd assembles around Sophie as Henri continues his disapproving monologue.

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York House gardens, The Embankment in Twickenham, also where parts of 'Alfie (1966)' were filmed. Taken from the path where Sophie is standing. The correct shot would involve climbing on the sculptures which is strictly forbidden. SD

The young sculptor tells the watching citizens that 'art rots your moral fibre'.

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The Oceanides sculptures, York House gardens, The Embankment, Twickenham. Restored in 2007 and fenced off, so no more climbing! SD

Henri concludes his disparaging speech, then makes his goodbyes as the police arrive.

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One of the Oceanides Sea Nymph sculptures, York House gardens, Twickenham. SD

The next day, Sophie and Henri walk through a street market. There's a railway viaduct passing overhead.

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Victor Street, Bristol. The viaduct has been restored and the scaffolding is off. I made a return visit to replace my photos from 6/8/14. SD

After Henri declares his love for Sophie, she haggles for food and he takes it!

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Victor Street, Bristol. The buildings have been demolished and replaced by an RSPCA Animal Clinic. SD

Henri tells Sophie that he doesn't think he'll be able to do what he really wants to . . . . .

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Victor Street, Bristol. The newly restored railway viaduct. Replacing my original photo from 6/8/14. SD

. . . . on his own. Then Sophie takes him home as 'an act of artistic companionship'.

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Victor Street, Bristol with the newly restored viaduct and so three less photos of scaffolding on Reel Streets. Replaces my photo from 6/8/14. SD

Sophie looks for Henri outside Gallerie Lartigue.

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Roman Baths Kitchen, Abbey Churchyard, Bath, Somerset. SD

Henri tells Sophie that his 'real' mother is The Louvre. York Street in Bath, Somerset.

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The building behind Henri and Sophie is now Tourist Information. SD

The pair continue to discuss art. York Street, Bath with Bath Abbey in the background.

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The Abbey, and musical entertainment. SD

After a Museum Attendant (Peter Vaughan) warns Henri about being indecently dressed, as his shirt is hanging out, a chase around one of the latest exhibits ensues.

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The Wills Memorial Tower, Queens Road, Bristol. Part of Bristol University. SD

Henri is ejected from the museum.

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Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath. SD

Sophie and Henri make their way from the museum steps as his rage is vented on the attendants.

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Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath. SD

The couple go to stay with Henri's parents in the country.

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The bridge on Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex. SD

Henri's Mother (Eleanor Fazan) asks Sophie about the journey.

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The old dairy, Arundel, West Sussex, viewed from the bridge on Mill Road. SD

A gamekeeper watches as Sophie learns that Henri's parents are tenants on the the estate of a Countess.

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The old dairy, Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex, part of the estate of the Duke of Norfolk. Now a private residence. SD

Monsieur Gaudier (Michael Gough) asks questions about Sophie.

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The bridge on Mill Road, Arundel. SD

The family approach the house where, over the next few days, Henri's parents make their disapproval felt.

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The old dairy, Mill Road, Arundel. SD

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After the couple find a studio in London, they visit Kensal Green Cemetery to steal stone with art dealer Angus Corky (Lindsay Kemp). The cemetery on Harrow Road, London NW10 with All Souls Chapel in the left background. Also seen in 'Theatre of Blood' and 'Steptoe and Son Ride Again'.

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The foreground of crosses has gone, or maybe they were all props but the obelisks and budded cross in the background match. SJ

After receiving a rebuff, Henri takes his work to Lionel Shaw's Art Gallery where he throws it through the window.

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Nothe Fort, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset. Derelict at the time of filming but now a museum. SD

After Henri is arrested, but the charges are dropped . . . .

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Bristol and Exeter House, Station Approach, Bristol. Opposite Temple Meads station. SD

. . . . the police have difficulty in throwing him out of the police station.

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Bristol and Exeter House on Station Approach also appears in 'The Halfway House'. Now back to its original colour. SD

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When her savings are depleted, Sophie leaves to become a governess. Rod Thornton identifies this as the railway arches off of Hopton Street, London SE1, opposite what is now part of the Tate Modern. Rod was an apprentice at the printers directly opposite in Tower House, (now flats) and spent a few lunch breaks watching these scenes being shot.

Whilst out looking for women, Henri and Angus meet suffragette Gosh Boyle (Helen Mirren) who asks them for a light . . . .

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Abbey Street, Abbey Green Bath. SD

. . . . then uses it to ignite a bomb which she throws at a pillar box.

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Abbey Green, Bath. The arch was built in 1973 by Marks And Spencer. SD

Sophie reads a letter from Henri at Portland railway station, being played by Horsted Keynes station on the Bluebell Railway.

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The box to the left of the ticket office door was added approximately 30 years ago. SD

The 2.22 from Waterloo approaches. Horsted Keynes station in Sussex. Also seen in 'The Naked Runner' and 'Adolf Hitler, My Part in His Downfall'.

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The platform numbers were changed after the siding became the new platform 1. SD

After the train comes to a stand, Sophie looks for Henri. Horsted Keynes station.

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Platform 5 which was originally platform 4. SD

Henri is nowhere to be seen. Horsted Keynes station, Sussex.

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Platform 4, now known as platform 5. SD

When the train departs, Henri is seen on another platform before making his way over the tracks to Sophie. Horsted Keynes station, Horsted Keynes, West Sussex.

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The W H Smith kiosk on platform 4 was added approximately 10 years ago. SD

The two seek a room for two in boarding houses but are turned away.

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9/10 Alma Terrace, Grove Road, Portland, Dorset. Originally built to house the prison wardens. SD

Sophie is left trailing behind when Henri heads to see the sea.

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A public footpath which leads into Incline Road, off Grove road, Portland , Dorset. SD

Henri finds a quarry whilst the two take a short cut. Portland, Dorset.

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Longstone Ope Quarry, Portland. I stood on that block and it is as close to the edge as it looks. SD

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As a World War looms, Henri works on his sculptures for a forthcoming exhibition. Unidentified location.

Sophie writes to Henri after he leaves to fight in the war.

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Bristol Zoo, Bristol, Somerset. Behind Sophie, the old lion house which was demolished a few years later. The new building is now Twilight World with an aviary where the cages were. SD

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Sophie hears news that Henri Gaudier was killed . . . . . . .