Biography

Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer; February 3, 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which in particular 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." Some of his particularly homoerotic works, such as Fireworks (1947) and Scorpio Rising (1964), were produced 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. This influence is evident from films like Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1972).

Anger has described filmmakers such as Auguste and Louis Lumière and Georges Méliès as influences, and has been cited as an important influence on later film directors like Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and John Waters.He has also been described as having "a profound impact on the work of many other filmmakers and artists, as well as on music video as an emergent art form using dream sequence, dance, fantasy, and narrative." During the 1960s and 70s he associated and worked with a number of different figures in popular culture and the occult, including Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, sexologist Alfred Kinsey, artist Jean Cocteau, playwright Tennessee Williams and musicians Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Marianne Faithfull. He is also the author of the controversial best seller Hollywood Babylon (1959) and its sequel Hollywood Babylon II (1986), in which he claims to expose many of the rumours and secrets of Hollywood celebrities.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Kenneth Anger, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer; February 3, 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which in particular 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." Some of his particularly homoerotic works, such as Fireworks (1947) and Scorpio Rising (1964), were produced 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. This influence is evident from films like Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1972).

Anger has described filmmakers such as Auguste and Louis Lumière and Georges Méliès as influences, and has been cited as an important influence on later film directors like Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and John Waters.He has also been described as having "a profound impact on the work of many other filmmakers and artists, as well as on music video as an emergent art form using dream sequence, dance, fantasy, and narrative." During the 1960s and 70s he associated and worked with a number of different figures in popular culture and the occult, including Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, sexologist Alfred Kinsey, artist Jean Cocteau, playwright Tennessee Williams and musicians Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Marianne Faithfull. He is also the author of the controversial best seller Hollywood Babylon (1959) and its sequel Hollywood Babylon II (1986), in which he claims to expose many of the rumours and secrets of Hollywood celebrities.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Kenneth Anger, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1927-02-03

Place of Birth Santa Monica, California, USA

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Also Known As

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2013 Airships 1, 2, 3 Director
2010 42 One Dream Rush Director
2010 Missoni Director
2009 Magick Lantern Cycle Director
2009 Brush of Baphomet Director
2008 Death Director
2008 Ich will! Director
2008 Uniform Attraction Director
2008 Foreplay Director
2007 The Films of Kenneth Anger: Volume Two Director
2007 The Films of Kenneth Anger: Volume One Director
2007 My Surfing Lucifer Director
2007 I'll Be Watching You Director
2007 Elliott's Suicide Director
2004 Mouse Heaven Director
2004 Anger Sees Red Director
2002 The Man We Want to Hang Director
2000 Hollywood Babylon Director
2000 Don't Smoke That Cigarette Director
1976 Senators in Bondage Director
1974 Lucifer Rising Director
1971 Rabbit's Moon Director
1969 Invocation of My Demon Brother Director
1965 Kustom Kar Kommandos Director
1963 Scorpio Rising Director
1954 The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome Director
1953 Le jeune homme et la mort Director
1953 Eaux d'artifice Director
1949 Puce Moment Director
1947 Escape Episode Director
1947 Fireworks Director
1942 Tinsel Tree Director

Acting

2019 Cinemagician: Conversations with Kenneth Anger
2017 Mansfield 66/67
2015 The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin
2010 42 One Dream Rush as Lucifer (segment "Night of Pan")
2009 FLicKeR as Himself
2009 Night of Pan as Lucifer
2007 Disinfo.Con as Himself
2006 Anger Me as Himself
2006 Notes on Marie Menken as Himself
2006 Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star
1998 SexTV (1 episode)
1997 The Beach Boys and The Satan as Himself
1997 Birth of a Nation as Himself
1995 Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker as Himself - Author / Historian
1994 Jonas in the Desert as Himself
1991 Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon as Kenneth Anger
1986 He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life as Himself
1974 Lucifer Rising as The Magus
1970 Langlois as Self
1970 Kenneth Anger - Magier des Untergrundfilms as Himself
1969 Invocation of My Demon Brother as The Magick (uncredited)
1961 Arabesque for Kenneth Anger
1960 The Dead
1954 The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome as Hecate
1947 Fireworks as Dreamer (uncredited)

Writing

2007 The Films of Kenneth Anger: Volume Two Writer
2007 The Films of Kenneth Anger: Volume One Writer
2004 Anger Sees Red Writer
1976 Senators in Bondage Writer
1969 Invocation of My Demon Brother Writer
1963 Scorpio Rising Writer
1954 The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome Writer
1949 Puce Moment Writer
1947 Fireworks Writer

Editing

1976 Senators in Bondage Editor
1974 Lucifer Rising Editor
1969 Invocation of My Demon Brother Editor
1963 Scorpio Rising Editor
1954 The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome Editor
1953 Eaux d'artifice Editor
1949 Puce Moment Editor
1947 Fireworks Editor

Production

1976 Senators in Bondage Producer
1953 Eaux d'artifice Producer
1949 Puce Moment Producer

Crew

1963 Scorpio Rising Cinematography
1954 The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome Cinematography
1953 Eaux d'artifice Cinematography

Camera

1969 Invocation of My Demon Brother Director of Photography

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