Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 208: Sat Jul 27

A Weekend of Anger: the Films of Kenneth Anger (1947-1981)
ICA Cinema, 7pm

Here is the ICA introduction to what promises to be a special event:
We are pleased to welcome seminal Los Angeles-based filmmaker Kenneth Anger, to introduce and discuss his work alongside a rare opportunity to view a comprehensive survey of his practice spanning nearly six decades, from 1940s to the present. Anger will introduce both screenings, the first on Saturday 27 July including works made between 1947 and 1981, the second on Sunday 28 July featuring films made between 1995 and 2013. Following the Sunday screening, Anger will participate in a Q&A lead by ICA Associate Curator of Artists' Moving Image, Steven Cairns, as well as answering questions raised by the audience. 

Background from Wikipedia: Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer; February 3, 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author of two controversial Hollywood Babylon books. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which have been grouped together as the "Magick Lantern Cycle", and form the basis of Anger's reputation as one of the most influential independent filmmakers in cinema history. His films variously merge surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult, and have been described as containing "elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle." Anger himself has been described as "one of America's first openly gay filmmakers, and certainly the first whose work addressed homosexuality in an undisguised, self-implicating manner", and his "role in rendering gay culture visible within American cinema, commercial or otherwise, is impossible to overestimate", with several being released prior to the legalisation of homosexuality in the United States. He has also focused upon occult themes in many of his films, being fascinated by the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley, and is a follower of Crowley's religion, Thelema.

Tonight's screenings (1947-1981):

Fireworks, 1947, 15 min
Puce Moment, 1949/1970, 6 min
Rabbit's Moon, 1950/71/79, 7 min
Eaux d'Artifice, 1953, 13 min
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, 1954, 38 min
Scorpio Rising, 1963, 29 min
Kustom Car Kommandos, 1965, 3 min
Invocation of My Demon Brother, 1969, 11 min
Lucifer Rising, 1970-81, 30 min
Total duration 3 hours (including 15 minute interval)

Here is Lucifer Rising

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