Kenneth Anger’s classic avant-garde film, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)

I highly recommend you silence the audio (a treacly symphonic soundtrack) on this video and listen to the Klaus Schulze piece below as accompaniment to the film.

Full article at Wikipedia:

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome is a 38-minute short film by Kenneth Anger, filmed in 1954.[1] Anger created two other versions of this film in 1966 and the late 1970s. According to him, the film takes the name “pleasure dome” from Samuel Taylor Coleridge‘s atmospheric poem “Kubla Khan“. Anger was inspired to make the film after attending a Halloween party called “Come as your Madness”.[2] The film has gained cult film status.[3]

The film reflects Anger’s deep interest in Thelema, the philosophy of Aleister Crowley and his followers, as indicated by Marjorie Cameron‘s role as “The Scarlet Woman” (an honorific Crowley bestowed on certain of his important magical partners). Crowley’s concept of a ritual masquerade party where attendees dress as gods and goddesses served as a direct inspiration for the film.[6]

Earlier prints of the film had sequences that were meant to be projected on three different screens, an idea inspired in part by Abel Gance’s Napoléon (1927 film). The three-screen version was shown at the Brussels World’s Fair.[4] Anger subsequently re-edited the film to layer the images. The film (primarily in the second or third version) was often shown in American universities and art galleries during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Happy Halloween.

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