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The Magick Lantern Cycle [Blu-ray] [1967] [Region Free]

Ernie Allo , Mick Jagger , Kenneth Anger    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ernie Allo, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Samson De Brier, Andre Soubeyran
  • Directors: Kenneth Anger
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TQROAS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,598 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This set brings together ten films by influential cult director Kenneth Anger and a documentary about him by Elio Gelminis. This compilation of his works comprises of: 'Fireworks' (1947), 'Puce Moment' (1949), 'Rabbit's Moon' (1950/1971), 'Eaux D'Artifice' (1953), 'Inaugaration of the Pleasure Dome' (1954), 'Scorpio Rising' (1964), 'Kustom Kar Kommandos' (1965), 'Invocation of My Demon Brother' (1969), 'Rabbit's Moon' (1979 version) and 'Lucifer's Rising' (1981).


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 30 Dec 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Once experienced, any film of Kenneth Anger's will not soon be forgotten. A word of warning for those who are more inclined toward commercial or 'mainstream' cinema- Anger's films are often dense and complex, filed with metaphor, symbolism and elements of Surrealism. Despite having read around Anger's work to a considerable extent, I still find some sequences incomprehensible and intellectually impenetrable. So, some of these films will leave the average viewer perplexed.

Anger's film making is marked by an often luscious, decadent aesthetic and an atmosphere of intoxicating sensuality. If we struggle with an intellectual interpretation of some of these works, then the very fin-de-siecle focus on 'effect' captures the viewer, by tinkering with the mind below the level of immediate cognition. As Anger has stated in the past, he sees Cinema as an 'evil medium', a medium through which he 'steals the soul' of the viewer. Anger works to manipulate the emotions and, he hopes, the unconscious mind of the viewer through a 'magickal' endeavour, rather than encouraging a process of rational exploration. Often, Anger's more difficult and esoteric films e.g. Invocation of My Demon Brother, bombard the rational mind with obscure and layered imagery in a way that overwhelms, I believe, in an attempt to tap in to the irrational mind and exert control over the viewer.

The one thing that matters more to Anger than film making, is his lifetime dedication to ceremonial 'magick'. Anger is a practitioner of occultism, influenced by Aleister Crowley. His films are conceived as magical workings and screenings serve as rituals. Therefore, expect a great deal of allusion to occultism within these films.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenneth Anger Is Mad. Thank God. 27 April 2009
By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Kenneth Wilbur Angelmyer is nuts. Crazy. Stone cold loco. And after watching his repertoire of films, you wouldn't want it any other way, believe me. I'm also slightly reticent of criticising Anger's work in any way, shape or form as he's a well-practiced Thelemite (as in Aleister Crowley) and may curse me. Luckily, there's no reason to. These movies are seminal, and an influence on many filmmakers such as David Lynch and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Anger is still very much active in the film industry to this day, and with the presentation of "Ich Will!" in 2008 he now has 50 years of film dabbling under his belt. A Biker's belt with a pentagram buckle, I must add. Ouch.

Anger's films are unclassifiable as a genre or template, so don't try to categorize him - Most people in the know think of "Scorpio Rising" (1963) with it's Rock n' Roll Blitzkreig / Biker porn as the quintessential Anger, but you'll find a lot here that goes beyond that. The BFI must be congratulated (again) for bringing little known films to the fore in their excellent DVD / Blu-Ray packages - Earlier this year Jeff Keen's anthology "Gazwrx" was released, this is in the same vein - and much of the man's filmography is included here. These are "Fireworks" (1947), "Puce Moment" (1949),"Rabbit's Moon" (1950/1971), "Eaux d'Artifice" (1953), "Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome" (1954), "Scorpio Rising" (1964), "Kustom Kar Kommandos" (1965), "Invocation Of My Demon Brother" (1969), "Rabbit's Moon" (Remade, 1979), and "Lucifer Rising" (1981). Not much left out, All present and correct. A cornucopia of the surreal would be a good way to sum it all up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Anthology 5 July 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Kenneth Anger's films are much like the man himself - a strange mess of mythology, fantasy in a kaleidoscopic world. The BFI have created a definitive collection of one of America's lesser-known, yet highly respected film-makers of the past 60 years. We the viewer not only benefit from having his commercially available films on Blu-Ray but also commentary and reflections from Anger himself which provides words to otherwise silent films dotted with popular and avant-garde music. MAGIC LANTERN CYCLE: THE FILMS OF KENNETH ANGER shows the greatness of post-war American avant-garde cinema while offering glimpses of where directors like David Lynch took Anger's strange worlds and brought them to a brighter light.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenneth Anger Is Mad. Thank God. 27 April 2009
By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Kenneth Wilbur Angelmyer is nuts. Crazy. Stone cold loco. And after watching his repertoire of films, you wouldn't want it any other way, believe me. I'm also slightly reticent of criticising Anger's work in any way, shape or form as he's a well-practiced Thelemite (as in Aleister Crowley) and may curse me. Luckily, there's no reason to. These movies are seminal, and an influence on many filmmakers such as David Lynch and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Anger is still very much active in the film industry to this day, and with the presentation of "Ich Will!" in 2008 he now has 50 years of film dabbling under his belt. A Biker's belt with a pentagram buckle, I must add. Ouch.

Anger's films are unclassifiable as a genre or template, so don't try to categorize him - Most people in the know think of "Scorpio Rising" (1963) with it's Rock n' Roll Blitzkreig / Biker porn as the quintessential Anger, but you'll find a lot here that goes beyond that. The BFI must be congratulated (again) for bringing little known films to the fore in their excellent DVD / Blu-Ray packages - Earlier this year Jeff Keen's anthology "Gazwrx" was released, this is in the same vein - and much of the man's filmography is included here. These are "Fireworks" (1947), "Puce Moment" (1949),"Rabbit's Moon" (1950/1971), "Eaux d'Artifice" (1953), "Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome" (1954), "Scorpio Rising" (1964), "Kustom Kar Kommandos" (1965), "Invocation Of My Demon Brother" (1969), "Rabbit's Moon" (Remade, 1979), and "Lucifer Rising" (1981). Not much left out, All present and correct. A cornucopia of the surreal would be a good way to sum it all up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring for film students
One can only imagine the lyrical masterpieces Kenneth Anger could have made if it weren't for lack of expenses. What survives of his many incomplete projects is pure visual poetry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DJM
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The short movies on this DVD are very interesting from a historical poin of view. They are time documents but sometimes a bit hard to follow
Published 6 months ago by Sven Lundberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, nice to add to the collection
Feel like you're watching a special set of films so well choreographed, film festival experience; eat your heart out!! Lovely
Published 7 months ago by Lightwolf
1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly overrated movies
People will rave about any old thing. They really will. These short films are very bad. I can't say anything nice about them. Read more
Published 19 months ago by BS on parade
5.0 out of 5 stars Magick Lantern Cycle REGION A Blu Ray DISC
Another Excellent collection released by the BFI on Blu-Ray. Just thought I should write to correct widely miss-advertised Region B/2 labeling. Read more
Published 21 months ago by James Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastisch aufgemachte Box!
Die 3-Disc Box von BFI besticht durch ein ausführliches Booklet mit interessanten Hintergrundinformationen und genaue Angaben übetr die Darsteller. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Gegenverkehr
5.0 out of 5 stars Anger Rising!
Kenneth Anger is where the worlds of sub-culture, counter-culture, surrealism, the Avant Garde, Aleister Crowley's Thelema and Anton LaVey's Satanism meet. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Barry Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars So... Kenneth Anger, eh?
I gotta say... No, I don't know? I'm not so sure about this whole area of film. Never really liked 'Un Chien Andalou'. Actually, not that this is really anything like that. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by jecomans
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I had not heard of Kenneth Anger before but got interested when reading about him and this BD-release so I went ahead and made a blind purchase. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by Linus Wrn
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell
If you are or know someone who is a satanist, than this is the perfect gift.
Published on 8 Aug 2010 by Norbie
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