In the week where the film industry honour the six decade career of the late director Ken Russell, comes the announcement of the death of Christopher Logue.
Mr Logue wrote the screenplay for Ken Russell’s sole film in 1972 – Savage Messiah ; adapted from the H.S Ede book of the same name authored in 1931.
The biographical film told the life of French sculptor Henri-Gaudier Breska – just 23 years in total – and his rough, unpolished influential style. In the film he was portrayed Scott Antony.
One year before his screenplay, Mr Logue appeared in Ken Russell’s 1971 bold film – The Devils, as Cardinal Richelieu, the French clergyman who begins the film by influencing Louis XIII to raze fortified castles and supress feudal nobility.
Towards the end of the 70s he appeared in Terry Gilliam’s first film solely as director – Jabberwocky, in the credited role as ‘Spaghetti eating Fanatic’.
From there he made a brief appearance in Jerzy Skolimowski’s Moonlighting (1982) and 19 years later in The Affair of the Necklace.
Christopher Logue died on 2 December 2011, five days after Ken Russell.
Cast member in ‘The Devils’ – Michael Gough, also passed away this year, in March.
– by Rhett Bartlett