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Kenneth Anger: 1 [VHS]

Samson De Brier , Marjorie Cameron , Kenneth Anger    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Samson De Brier, Marjorie Cameron, Joan Whitney, Katy Kadell, Renate Druks
  • Directors: Kenneth Anger
  • Writers: Kenneth Anger
  • Producers: Kenneth Anger
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • VHS Release Date: 3 April 2004
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004SX81
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 One contains his first film "Fireworks", made at the age of 17 while his parents were away for the weekend, of which poet and film-maker Jean Cocteau was described as "coming from that beautiful night from which emerge all the true works". It touches the quick of the soul, and this is very rare. Also included is the dress-fetishist fantasy "Puce Moment" and "Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome" featuring a performance by the writer Anaïs Nin. --Leslie Felperin

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A compilation of groundbreaking short films by 'Hollywood Babylon' author Kenneth Anger. In 'Fireworks', the Dreamer (Anger) undergoes a series of experiments in sexual and violent encounters. 'Puce Moment' sees a Hollywood star preparing to take her dogs for a walk, while in 'Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome', members of a cult masquerade as gods and goddesses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, sparkling imagery 20 Jan 2003
Kenneth Anger's name kept popping up in various places, until I could no longer bear my curiosity. When I bought this compilation of three of his early films, I was surprised but not disappointed. Narrative is not important in these films, at least not in a traditional sense. Expression of mood and atmosphere take precedence, with startling visual montage sequences and odd lighting effects. Anger's resourceful use of limited means reveals a powerful creative imagination. If you like experimental cinema with all its hand-held, raw outsider power, these dark, opulent, decadent films are essential viewing.
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