Kenneth Anger
USA 1963
29 min

Anger's films are cinematic manifestations of his occult practices. As such, they are highly symbolical, either featuring characters directly portraying gods, forces and demons or else finding an appropriate embodiment for them in the iconography of contemporary pop culture (Scorpio Rising, Kustom Kar Kommandos). In attempting to induce an altered state of consciousness in his viewers, Anger dispenses with traditional narrative devices, although his films definitely tell stories. Using powerful esoteric images and, especially in his later works, extremely complex editing strategies that frequently feature superimposition and the inclusion of subliminal images running just for a few frames, Anger bypasses our rationality and appeals directly to our subconscious mind. (Maximilian Le Cain)

  • Kenneth Anger
Kenneth Anger
35 mm
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