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Films of Kenneth Anger 1 (Dol)
Films of Kenneth Anger 1
Actors: Kenneth Anger, Gordon Gray, Bill Seltzer, Yvonne Marquis, André Soubeyran
Director: Kenneth Anger
Genres: Drama
UR     2007

Cinematic magician, legendary provocateur, author of the infamous HOLLYWOOD BABYLON books and creator of some of the most striking and beautiful works in the history of film, Kenneth Anger is a singular figure in post-w...  more »


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Actors: Kenneth Anger, Gordon Gray, Bill Seltzer, Yvonne Marquis, André Soubeyran
Director: Kenneth Anger
Creators: Kenneth Anger, Curtis Harrington, Oleg Tourjansky
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Fantoma
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 01/23/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2007
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 16
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

What fools these mortals be!
Staunch Character | Brooklyn, New York | 10/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very exciting release. I just saw most of these remastered films at UCLA and they are stunning. Of special note is the original version of Rabbit's Moon, complete with footage most people have never seen before, and a soundtrack of 1950s pop songs. I couldn't be happier that this is finally coming out, and neither could you."
The godfather of the cinema underground.
Cicada | VT USA | 04/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kenneth Anger is an American underground film maker, as well as an occultist who is much more influential in the realms of cinema and the occult than is recognized today. The audacity of his vision is simply startling, especially by the standards of the '40s and '50s. The films in this collection are a perfect introduction to Anger's vision and style. The first five serious film endeavors of Anger, beginning in 1947 (an auspicious year for Thelemites) with Fireworks, when he was only 17 years old.

Fireworks (1947): inspired by Anger's dream, where he is beaten and raped by a gang of sailors. Anger himself said that "this flick is all I have to say about being 17, the United States Navy, American Christmas and the Fourth of July."

Puce Moment (1949): a five minute fragment of what was supposed to become a feature film called "Puce Women". The music and the motion of this fragment make it's five minutes unforgettable. Also, the sheer nihilism of how Hollywood beauty is portrayed is undeniable.

Rabbit's Moon (1950): an awesome psychodrama involving mimes and children, ritualistically yearning for the unattainable moon to 1950's pop songs. The music ingeniously compliments the imagery and action. a strange blend of French comedy, Oriental mythology, and masonic symbolism.

Eaux d'Artifice (1953): a very beautiful tour of a magickal labyrinth of waterfalls and fountains, as we follow the water witch to her final destiny - all to the tune of Vivaldi!

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954): and it seems that they have saved the very best for last! This trippy descent into hedonistic rites is topped off with a healthy serving of Thelemic mysticism and magick. Here Anger introduces the mythology of Aleister Crowley for the first time. The Scarlet Woman is played by Cameron, the widowed wife of the famous rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons. Kenneth Anger has a bit part in this film as well, you can see him dressed in funereal black as the Goddess Hecate. The cabbalistic sign of Baphomet is seen as a backdrop for only a few seconds, but this would be the symbol La Vey was to employ as the symbol for the Church of Satan more than fifteen years later! This film plummets very quickly into delirium, as the orgies of pleasure and decadence reaches its crescendo, the Pleasure Dome that is being inaugurated is also an inescapable trap!

One of the best features to this collection is the audio commentary by Kenneth Anger for each film, giving us valuable insight into his artistic vision."
Absolutely essential
Daryl Chin | Bklyn, NY USA | 02/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kenneth Anger was one of the pioneering avant-garde filmmakers in the United States, a fearless innovator in both style and content. In the 1940s, when FIREWORKS was made, it was a shattering and cosmos-shaking experience. This compilation of Anger's early works (made between the years 1945 and 1958) is beautifully produced, carefully transferred, and shows these works (including RABBIT'S MOON, EAUX D'ARTIFICE, PUCE MOMENT, and INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME) to maximum advantage. His finest works are a compendium of amazing images matched with wonderful music (Anger pioneered the use of the pop music soundtrack) to create some of the most rhythmically irresistible works in the cinema. All you have to do is watch EAUX D'ARTIFICE (travelling through a Baroque garden syncopated to Vivaldi) to be transported to a world of the most extraordinary unearthly delights."
Absolutely superb DVD from Fantoma Films
Boingy Baxter | Studio City, CA | 02/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Films Of Kenneth Anger (Vol. 1) released by Fantoma Films is what Kenneth Anger's fans have been waiting for. Superbly re-mastered with sharp vivid images and clear sound, what more can you ask for? The commentaries by Anger himself provide information that is very enjoyable and informative. The visual and color images are amazing. What a difference from the scratchy 16mm prints that we use to see years ago. This one's a keeper."