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Though later released as a singular DVD, this collection of nine short films are considered seminal works by renown filmmaker Kenneth Anger were made from 1947 to 1972. Together they are commonly identified as "The Magick Lantern Cycle", and "form the basis of Anger's reputation as one of the most influential independent filmmakers in cinema history."

  • Number of Movies: 9
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Featured Cast

  1. Kenneth Anger

    Kenneth Anger

    Dreamer (uncredited), Hecate, The Magus (uncredited), The Magus

  2. Yvonne Marquis

    Hollywood Star (uncredited)

  3. Andre Soubeyran

    Pierrot

  4. Carmilla Salvatorelli

    Lady (uncredited)

  5. Speed Hacker

    Wand-bearer (uncredited)

  6. Bobby Beausoleil

    Bobby Beausoleil

    Lucifer (uncredited), Himself

  7. Claude Revenant

    Harlequin

  8. Gordon Gray

    First Sailor (uncredited)

  9. Samson De Brier

    Lord Shiva / Osiris / Nero / The Great Beast

  10. Ernie Allo

    Joker (uncredited)

  11. Lenore Kandel

    Deaconess (uncredited)

  12. Bruce Byron

    Scorpio (uncredited)

  13. Nadine Valence

    Columbine

  14. Marjorie Cameron

    The Scarlet Woman / Kali

Featured Crew

  1. Kenneth Anger

    Kenneth Anger

    Writing, Directing

  2. Ernest D. Glucksman

Fireworks

December 31, 1947

Fireworks revolves around a young man (played by Anger himself) associating with various navy sailors, who eventually turn on him, stripping him naked and beating him to death, ripping open his chest to find a clock ticking inside. Several fireworks then explode, accompanied by a burning Christmas tree and the final shot shows the young man lying in bed next to another topless man.

Puce Moment

January 1, 1949

Puce Moment is a short 6 minute film by Kenneth Anger, author of the Hollywood Babylon books, filmed in 1949. Puce Moment resulted from the unfinished short film Puce Women. The film opens with a camera watching 1920s style flapper gowns being taken off a dress rack. The dresses are removed and danced off the rack to music. (The original soundtrack was Verdi opera music; in the 1960s, Anger re-released the film with a new psychedelic folk-rock soundtrack performed by Jonathan Halper.) A long-lashed woman, Yvonne Marquis, dresses in the purple puce gown and walks to her vanity to apply perfume. She lies on a chaise lounge which then begins to move around the room and eventually out to a patio. Borzois appear and she prepares to take them for a walk.

Eaux d'artifice

January 1, 1953

A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, as the music of Vivaldi's Winter movement of The Four Seasons plays. Heavy red filters give a blue cast to the light; water plays across stone, and fountains send it into the air. No words are spoken. Baroque statuary and the sensuous flow of water are back lit. Anger calls it water games.

Lord Shiva wakes. A convocation of magicians in the guise of figures from mythology; a masquerade party at which Pan is the prize. The wine of Hecate is poured: Pan's cup is poisoned by Shiva. Kali blesses the assembly as a bacchic rite ensues.

Scorpio Rising

October 7, 1963

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

Kustom Kar Kommandos

July 31, 1965

A man in tight jeans buffs his car to the strains of The Paris Sisters’ “Dream Lover”.

The shadowing forth of Our Lord Lucifer, as the Power of Darkness gather at a midnight mass. The dance of the Magus widdershins around the Swirling Spiral Force, the solar swastika, until the Bringer of Light—Lucifer—breaks through.

Rabbit's Moon

January 2, 1971

Shot in the Films du Panthéon Studio in Paris 1950. Shooting was never completed. Anger retrieved the footage from Cinémathèque Française in 1970 and released a sixteen minute version in 1971. A seven minute version was released in 1979. Pierrot waxes romantic, entranced by the moon. Harlequin appears and bullies him, then uses a magic lantern to project an image of Columbine. Pierrot tries to court the illusory Columbine unsuccessfully, then enters a mystical moon-realm from which he returns dead.A Japanese fairy tale meets commedia dell'Arte. All in white, the naïf Pierrot lies in a wood. Doo-wop music plays as he rises, stares about, and reaches for the moon. Although music abounds and the children of the wood are there at play, Pierrot is melancholy and alone. Harlequin appears, brimming with confidence and energy. He conjures the lovely Colombina. Pierrot is dazzled. But can the course of true love run smooth?

Lucifer Rising

April 10, 1974

Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age.

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