The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 2
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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-war American culture.
A major influence on everything from the films of Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and David Lynch to the pop art of Andy Warhol to MTV, Anger's work serves as a talisman of universal symbols and personal obsessions, combining myth, artifice and ritual to render cinema with the power of a spell or incantation.
Covering the second half of Anger's career, from his legendary SCORPIO RISING to his breathtaking phantasmagoria LUCIFER RISING, Fantoma is very proud to complete the cycle with this long-awaited final volume of films by this revolutionary and groundbreaking maverick, painstakingly restored and presented on DVD for the first time anywhere in the world.
Contains the films:
Scorpio Rising (1964)
Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965)
Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969)
Rabbit's Moon (1979 version)
Lucifer Rising (1981)
Pleasure and terror commingle in this next collection of Kenneth Anger films gathered in Volume 2. Like those in The Films of Kenneth Anger: Volume 1, these shorts illustrate Anger's occult concepts with adept, fetishized poeticism manifested formally through Anger's luscious color experiments, avant-garde soundtracks, and radically inventive editing. Volume 2 boasts Anger's later, darker films that were allegedly magick incarnate: "Scorpio Rising," "Invocation of My Demon Brother," and "Lucifer Rising." "Scorpio Rising," about a biker gang as a symbol of savage ritualism, contains truly scary footage of an actual death-by-motorcycle, and is the most brilliant example of proto-metal culture that has by now infiltrated America's mainstream. "Invocation of My Demon Brother" stars the infamous Bobby Beausoleil, and is a gorgeous psychedelic recap of a theatrical black magick ceremony performed on stage during Anger's Haight Ashbury days. It features a stunning noise piece played on a Moog by Mick Jagger. "Lucifer Rising," too, is an infamous film, as it was made as a tribute to Lucifer's rejuvenating forces. Each film turns the concept of evil inside out, leaving one with a more complex notion of why Anger considered the camera a "magical weapon." Volume 2 also contains the slick "Kustom Kar Kommandos," about car club culture mirroring sexual fetish, a shortened version of "Rabbit Moon," and the not-as-exciting 2002 film "The Man We Want to Hang," about Aleister Crowley's paintings. The commentaries on each film offer indispensable, eloquent insights into the visionary motifs inherent to each piece. Notably, the booklet in Volume 2 contains essays by Guy Maddin, Gus Van Sant, and Bobby Beausoleil, who recalls his association with Anger, and how he managed to finish the "Lucifer Rising" soundtrack in his prison cell. For Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer fans, these DVDs sets contain welcome blessings, or curses, or both. Trinie Dalton
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Notable the 7 minute version of "Rabbit's Moon", the alienating "Scorpio Rising" and the mysterious/mystical "Lucifer Rising" (absolutely worth of listening, the highly evocative and psychedelical soundtrack by Bobby Beausoleil).
Scorpio Rising- killer classic greaser footage captured right down to the engineer boots and leather. Lots of style and symbols are captured.
Invocation of My Demon Brother- Ground breaking film work here. The sound track is creepy too. Psychedelic Hell.
Lucifer Rising- very beautiful music as well as imagery. Probably Angers best work.
Scorpio Rising, later on also I remember have seen Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome.Since then i've kept those images as something quite close to my inner visions.Discovering how the archetypes are powerful for leading us to the narrow roads of the Inconscious.Last week it happenned
that his films would be exibited at S.Paulo,Brazil,where I come from.
I came, only the second day of the exibitions,and there was DVDs of the films, available.Got just the volume One,and then got trugh Amazon the 2nd volume.Words can't describe,to have this oportunity of disposing a permanent door not only to the films, but the way in what were conceived,described by the author himself. Like to have acess to an intime
diary, or journal. Creativity exposed to the bones.
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This, and Volume One, are worth every nickel - because, they just don't make films like these any more!
"Scorpio Rising" and "Kustom Kar Kommandos" are with the price of admission alone - but there's much more, including commentary by Anger, himself.
Great viewing! You have never seen prints of these films that look this good, EVER! AMAZING!
The films never looked better
The commentary of Kenneth Anger is a stand out for setting the record straight on what films where about, Scorpio Rising is a good case point and what may you think of the bikers ,as most of their girlfriends where standing there ,A good show case for the high profile he has and the people who worked with him
I don't mind saying he's very polite on some people considering what happened in the past
A must for any film student