Omnibus (1967–2003)
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Dante's Inferno 

The story of the influential 19th century British poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his troubled and somewhat morbid relationship with his wife and his art.


Ken Russell


Austin Frazer (commentary and dialogue), Austin Frazer (scenario) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Oliver Reed ... Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Judith Paris ... Elizabeth Siddal
Andrew Faulds ... William Morris
Izabella Telezynska ... Christina Rossetti (as Iza Teller)
Christopher Logue Christopher Logue ... Swinburne
Gala Mitchell Gala Mitchell ... Jane Morris
Pat Ashton Pat Ashton ... Fanny Cornforth
Clive Goodwin Clive Goodwin ... Ruskin
David Jones David Jones ... Howell
Norman Dewhurst Norman Dewhurst ... Burne-Jones
Tony Gray Tony Gray ... W. M. Rossetti
Dougie Gray Dougie Gray ... Hunt
Derek Boshier Derek Boshier ... Millais
Caroline Coon Caroline Coon ... Annie Miller
Janet Deuters Janet Deuters ... Emma Brown


A movie about jealousy, and the complex and painful relationship between Rossetti and his sickly wife, Elizabeth. They are members of the upper-crust layer of society, bourgeois painters, poets and philosophers. Rossetti struggles with his own emotions for his wife, as she refuses his sexual advances before they marry, and, once they do marry, she is unable to bear him any children. She believes he has impregnated another woman (a model), commits suicide, and, as he chooses to bury his best poems with her coffin, he is driven insane when confronted with the idea of exhuming her coffin and retrieving the book to sell to his fans. Written by Jonathan Dakss <>

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Are they each a genius, a madman or overgrown child?
9 December 2019 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is not without interest and is, admittedly, at times quite sublime, with fine photography, bold direction and innovative editing. It is remarkable too, just how like the paintings the chosen girls look and their street accents clashing nicely with the affectations of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood members. Oliver Reed works hard and does well enough as Rossetti but is too tempted by Ken Russell to go just a bit too crazy now and again. Also there is too much of the fairground/funfair here that does not sit well with the ideals of William Morris and Co. Are they each a genius, a madman or overgrown child? Not sure Russell is sure, me neither.

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22 December 1967 (UK) See more »

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