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

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  • Actors: Donald Cammell, Samson De Brier, Kenneth Anger, Curtis Harrington, Marjorie Cameron
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TQROAS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,585 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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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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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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Kenneth Anger major films in one packaging. Fireworks first saw it decades ago, and it made quite an impact.
Years later saw Scorpio Rising, again it made quite an impact. All the films in the DVD, are not going to be
to every-one tastes. But if you know about Kenneth Anger at all, then there will be something for you to like.
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So I came into watching this collection of short films by Kenneth Anger with a bit of anticipation, having read that he inspired people like David Lynch who's films I think are great. Then as the films in this collection started to roll by all of this drained away as I was treated to one boring film after another. The first one "fireworks" boring, followed by "Puce Moment" boring. Then the first version of "Rabbit's moon" came next and that was reasonably charming, followed by "Eaux d'Artifice" which I quite liked, think it was the choice of music. Then boredom set in big time with "Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome" this was the ultimate endurance of patience. Then I thought I might actually explode with that frustrated feeling you get when you endure something which is so boring, I was constantly checking the time left to see when my suffering would end and squirming and fidgeting in my seat. It supposed to be some great hallucinogenic, occultist, magical, Acid trip, instead it was a trip into the realms of the torturous boredom. When it finally finished after what seemed like an eternity (only 38 mins) I was left in a state of fear and dread as to what test of my patience would follow. The next film was "Scorpio Rising" this was a quite good piece about American Biker gangs, it's subliminal and has good use of music. Next a small film "Kustom Kar Kommandos" followed by "Invocation of My Demon Brother" and we're back in the territory of the Pleasure dome, it was lucky this nightmare only lasted 11 mins. The 1979 "Rabbit's Moon" followed which I liked better than the first, the Music was used better and the speeded film worked well. Finally "Lucifer Rising" more boredom before the Nightmare ended.Read more ›
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