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Ken Russell United Kingdom, 1975

Richmond Hill's rating of the film Tommy

A brilliant visual and aural assault with Russell firing in all directions - and hitting the target - in a noisy synthesis of music, colours, motifs and pop art sensibilities. The cod organised religion critiques of the story are overcome in some gloriously realised sequences that simply crackle and fizz with inventive energy that really does reach out to the senses, albeit sledge hammered with kitsch glee.