Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome – Kenneth Anger


Directed by Kenneth Anger.
US 1954, 16mm, color, 38 min.

Anger’s astonishing masterpiece unfolds a constellation of imagined gods choreographed by Anger and drawn from one of the legendary “Come As Your Madness” costume galas hosted by the silent film actor and reclusive impresario Samson De Brier in his Hollywood mansion. Featuring Anais Nin, Curtis Harrington and De Brier himself among the self-fashioned deities and demons, Inauguration was reworked several times by Anger, once as a dazzling three screen version which he then condensed to the Sacred Mushroom version seen here by brilliantly using superimposition to create complex mandala-like images.

For more information:
Kenneth Anger’s Magick Lantern Cycle

http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2010octdec/anger.html

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