Crimes of Passion
Directed by Ken Russell • 1984 • United States
Starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Bruce Davison
She is watched. She is worshiped. And she must remain a mystery. Fashion designer Joanna Crane (Kathleen Turner, at the height of her powers) leads a double life. By night she is China Blue, a sex worker who has attracted the unwanted attention of two men. One is a sexually frustrated private detective hired by her employees. The other is a psychopathic priest (played by Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins) in possession of a murderous sex toy. With its outré screenplay by Barry Sandler and over-the-top score by Rick Wakeman, this may just be the most outrageous film renegade director Ken Russell ever made—and that is saying something.
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