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|Named Person:||Aphrodite, (Greek deity); Aleister Crowley; Hecate, (Greek deity); Isis, (Egyptian deity); Nero, Emperor of Rome; Osiris, (Egyptian deity); Pan, (Greek deity)|
|Material Type:||Biography, Videorecording|
|Document Type:||Visual material, Book|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Kenneth Anger; Leoš Janáček; Bill Seltzer; Gordon Grey; Yvonne Marquis; André Soubeyran; Claude Revenant; Nadin Valence; Carmilla Salvatorelli; Samson DeBrier; Marjorie Cameron; Renata Druks; Peter Loome; Kathryn Kadell; Anaïs Nin; Peter Mathison; Curtis Harrington; Joan Whitney; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Puck Film Productions,; UCLA Film and Television Archive Collection (Library of Congress); Film Foundation.; Fantoma Films (Firm),
|Language Note:||Silent films with music sound track. Films have no dialogue ; audio commentaries in English.|
|Notes:||Booklet includes: An introduction by Martin Scorsese; Kenneth Anger's hand-drawn sketches for the unrealized "Puce Women" project; excerpts from Anaïs Nin's diaries about the making of "Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome" ("Come as your madness"); an essay by Samson DeBrier ("On making 'Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome'"); notes on each film; rare behind the scenes stills and more.
Originally released as short films from 1947-1954.
Collective title from disc menu ; cast credits from guide.
Fireworks and Rabbit's Moon preserved and restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Puce Moment: Filmed on location in Hollywood, CA.
Eaux d'Artifice: Filmed on location in the water gardens of the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, Italy.
|Credits:||Fireworks: Director, screenwriter, editor, Kenneth Anger ; cinematographer, Curtis Harrington ; music, Ottorino Respighi.
Puce Moment: Director, screenwriter, producer, editor, Kenneth Anger ; music, Jonathan Halper.
Rabbit's Moon: Director, screenwriter, editor, Kenneth Anger ; cinematographers, Kenneth Anger, Oleg Tourjansky ; music, Mary Wells, The Capris, The Dells, The El Dorados, the Flamingos.
Eaux d'Artifice: Director, producer, cinematographer, editor, Kenneth Anger ; music, Antonio Vivaldi.
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome: Director, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, costume designer, Kenneth Anger ; music, LeosÌ JanaÌcÌek.
|Cast:||Cast for Fireworks: Kenneth Anger, Bill Seltzer, Gordon Grey, Navy students enrolled in the filmmaking program at the University of Southern California.
Cast for Puce Moment: Yvonne Marquis.
Cast for Rabbit's Moon: André Soubeyran, Claude Revenant, Nadin Valence.
Cast for Eaux d'Artifice: Carmillo Salvatorelli.
Cast for Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome: Samson DeBrier, Marjorie Cameron, Katy Kadell, Renate Druks (as Renata Loome), Anaïs Nin, Kenneth Anger, Peter Loome, Paul Mathison (aka Paul André), Curtis Harrington, Joan Whitney.
|Description:||1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (48 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)|
|Details:||DVD; All regions; Dolby digital audio.|
|Contents:||Fireworks / a film by Kenneth Anger (1947, 16mm, b&w, 15 min.) --
Puce moment / a film by Anger (1949, 16mm, col., 6 min.) --
Rabbit's moon ( La lune des lapins) / Puck Film Productions ; a film by Anger (1950, 35mm, tinted b&w, original 16 min. version) --
Eaux d'artifice / un film d'Anger (1953, 16mm, tinted b&w, 13 min.) --
Inauguration of the pleasure dome / a film by Anger (1954, 16mm, col., original 38 min. version). Special features: Optional screen specific audio commentaries for each film by Kenneth Anger; restoration demonstrations for Fireworks, Puce Moment, Eaux d'artifice, and Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome; outtakes from Rabbit's Moon.
|Series Title:||Films of Kenneth Anger, v. 1.|
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome.
Films of Kenneth Anger. Volume I
Lune des lapins (Motion picture)
|Responsibility:||conceived, directed, photographed and edited by Kenneth Anger ; The Film Foundation ; UCLA Film & Television Archive ; DVD producers, Ian Hendrie, Derrick Socchera.|
Fireworks: Filmed in his parents' home in Beverly Hills, California over a long weekend while they were away, this landmark of both experimental and gay/lesbian filmmaking (the controversial nature of the work led to Anger being put on trial on obscenity charges) is a bizarre, disturbing dreamscape of violation, rape, and homoerotic sadomasochism. The wordless quasi autobiographical film opens with Anger, who made this film when he was 17, awaking from a troubled dream and leaving his house to go on a stroll during which he is confronted by a group of sailors on the street who proceed to beat, torture, and molest him.
Puce Moment: Described by Anger as an "afternoon of a film star in twenties' Hollywood," this film, a fragment from the never completed project entitled Puce Woman, reflects Anger's concerns with the myths and decline of Hollywood, the focus on a glamorous Hollywood starlet going through the ritual of assuming identity, dressing, primping, perfuming and preparing for the day, finally exiting her Hollywood Hills abode leading a pack of Russian wolfhounds on leash.
Rabbit's moon: A fable of the unattainable (the moon), combining elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese folklore and Aztec mythology, this lunar pantomime, which takes place in a dark fairytale forest with an all-mime cast, features Pierrot, who longs to join with the moon in which a rabbit lives, his futile attempts to jump up and catch it compounded by the appearance of the teasing, mincing Harlequin and Columbina, Pierrot's trickster wife and Harlequin's mistress.
Eaux d'artifice: Part trance film, part landscape study, part abstraction, Eaux d'Artifice features a mysterious, masked woman, "the Water Witch," who secretively romps through a labyrinthine private garden of cascades, grottoes, and leaping fountains in an elaborate game of Hide and Seek.
Inauguration of the pleasure dome: An orgiastic fantasia of Thelemic occult theories, pagan ritual, crazy costumes, hallucinatory superimposition, and sensual and infuriating imagery, this film - which takes its name from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan - is about desire at its most hedonistic. Historical figures, biblical characters, various deities, gods and goddesses, and mythic personages gather in the pleasure dome to enact a phantasmagoric bacchanal.
- Gays -- Violence against -- Drama.
- Dreams -- Drama.
- Sailors -- Sexual behavior -- Drama.
- Sailors -- Drama.
- Young men -- Sexual behavior -- Drama.
- Motion picture actors and actresses -- California -- Los Angeles -- Drama.
- Satellites -- Drama.
- Rabbits -- Drama.
- Hedonism -- Drama.
- Pierrot (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
- Harlequin (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
- Columbine (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
- Fountains -- Drama.
- Witches -- Drama.
- Aphrodite -- (Greek deity) -- Drama.
- Astarte (Phoenician deity) -- Drama.
- Crowley, Aleister, -- 1875-1947 -- Drama.
- Ganymede (Greek mythology) -- Drama.
- Hecate -- (Greek deity) -- Drama.
- Isis -- (Egyptian deity) -- Drama.
- Kālī (Hindu deity) -- Drama.
- Lilith (Semitic mythology) -- Drama.
- Nero, -- Emperor of Rome, -- 37-68 -- Drama.
- Osiris -- (Egyptian deity) -- Drama.
- Pan -- (Greek deity) -- Drama.
- Sekhmet (Egyptian deity) -- Drama.
- Siva (Hindu deity) -- Drama.
- Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Drama.
- Villa d'Este (Tivoli, Italy) -- Drama.
- Pierrot (Fictitious character)
- Sailors -- Sexual behavior.
- Young men -- Sexual behavior.
- California -- Los Angeles -- Hollywood.
- United States.