Dubbed the Godfather of "Queer Cinema" and a legend in his own life-time, multi-talented Kenneth Anger is, among other things, an avant-garde film-maker, the author of the seminal dirt-dishing book Hollywood Babylon
, a self-confessed Satanist, a former child star (he was the beautiful Indian prince in the 1935 Max Reinhardt version of a Midsummer Night's Dream
), and the inspiration for a whole generation of film-makers, including such diverse talents as Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, David Lynch, John Waters, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Kathryn Bigelow. All his ultra low-budget but extraordinarily inventive films, many of which were once banned and impossible to see, are now available on video. Fetishistic and mesmerising, Anger's films prove that you don't need an Arts Council grant, Lottery funding, or even more that a few bucks and some friends to blaze new trails in the realms of technique and taste.
Volume Two contains the rarely seen "Rabbit's Moon"; "Eaux d'Artifice" which was shot in a moonlit garden in Italy; and the absolutely indispensable "Scorpio Rising", wherein Anger intercuts footage of Satanic bikers preparing for an orgiastic night out with footage of a Bible movie about Jesus and friends that was delivered to his house by mistake, all set to Phil Spector-esque girl pop. "Scorpio Rising" has probably been "quoted" and alluded to by other film-makers more than any other avant-garde film, with the possible exception of Maya Deren's "Meshes of the Afternoon". --Leslie Felperin
A compilation of groundbreaking short films by 'Hollywood Babylon' author Kenneth Anger. Included are the rarely seen original version of 1972's 'Rabbit's Moon', the atmospheric, Tivoli-set 'Eaux d'Artifice', and 'Scorpio Rising', a critique of American culture.