The Modest Proposal

Late Fall 2011 - Ken Russell, 1927-2011

"And now we have come to the time when the director reaches for his knuckle-duster, because invariably he is about to have a fight on his hands."
—Ken Russell, from Directing Film: The Director's Art from Script to Cutting Room

"You can go home, Doctor. We're going to live forever!"
—Robert Powell as Gustav Mahler, in Mahler (1974)

In This Issue...


Russell as I knew Him

Modest Proposal editor Kevin M. Flanagan remembers the great director.



"Our Ken"

By Mark Kermode


By Alex Cox

Remembering Ken Russell

By Dan Ireland

The Modest Proposal is an electronic journal specializing in book reviews, emerging thought, and polemical essays of general interest. Direct all inquiries to the editor.