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Sometime between introducing moviegoers to full-frontal nude wrestling in Women in Love and Drew Barrymore in Altered States, the late British director/iconoclast/all-around weirdo Ken Russell turned his attention to classical composers. The resulting films, which screen at the Library of Congress through September, were nothing like the reverent PBS-type biopics composers typically get: Rather than long shots of feathered quills scribbling notes over canned harpsichord, Russell preferred druggy hallucinations, BDSM scenes, and exorcisms (featuring Ringo Starr as the pope). In many ways, he was the most appropriate director to take on Liszt (Lisztomania, Sept. 5), Tchaikovsky (The Music Lovers, Sept. 12) and Mahler (Mahler, Sept. 19), all weirdos of their day. The Who seemed to agree when they gave Russell the green light to direct Tommy, his best-known work, which closes out the series Sept. 26. Maybe that Ann-Margret swimming in baked beans scene will make a little more sense in retrospect. Sept. 5–26 at Library of Congress Madison Building.