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
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.