The Ken Russell-directed Crimes of Passion is a heady, hilarious, raunchy, maddening romp about an unhappily married magician, a psychotic reverend, and a female fashion designer who whores at night as the multi-personality-laden China Blue.
That the latter two characters were played by Anthony Perkins and Kathleen Turner added a lot of juice to the 1984 film, which starts on a giddy, permissive high and becomes incredibly tedious and heavy handed, though I wouldn’t change a frame considering how out-there and unapologetically nuts the whole project is.
The most cuckoo scene of all has Turner wiping a substance from her mouth after a particularly racy trick.
Well, I just caught up with Ken Russell’s memoirs and here’s what he said about it:
“The regal facade and icy aloofness disappeared once Kathleen got down to the acting, though one had to be discreet when it came to discussing oral sex and sperm on the lips and the best way to swallow a mouthful.
“After sampling two flavors, Kathleen settled for lemon yogurt rather than plain.
“But when it came to swallowing, we needed something with more body, and neither mussels nor oysters appealed to her.
“In fact, she drew the line at swallowing anything at all, though she was quite happy to lick away a mixture of yogurt and gooey lipstick from her mouth for as many takes as necessary.
“In all things professional, she was near faultless.
“It was her imperious off-screen manner that was the problem and her overbearing condescension.”
I guess she was a little hard to swallow herself–but brilliant nonetheless.
Thanks to Kenyon Phillips for serving up this bawdy bauble for my re-viewing.