Ken Russell had very little patience for the idea that one should honor tradition, and that is a major factor that mobilized his work. His best films were fascinated by the subject of tradition, namely a need to deconstruct of them. Russell subverted, parodied, critiqued and tore apart everything from classical music to the Catholic Church to British aristocracy, and did so with notable flare, fervor and dedication — biting deeply into those things that we are supposed to hold in most sacred reverence. Russell also had little patience for traditions of British filmmaking. As Mark Kermode pointed out, he rejected “kitchen sink realism” in favor of something more heightened in order to explore the tragicomic depths of human absurdity. Many of his films are about nobles and royalty, but Russell rarely followed the British classical tradition as well, instead representing the lives of elites as a farce. His inimitable visual style imbued a variety of films from horror to science fiction to his numerous and inventive biopics of classical composers. He was, thoroughly, one of a kind. So here is a bit of free film school (for fans and filmmakers alike) from the guy who cast Ringo Starr as the pope.