Thursday, July 19, 2007

A recent unseen film by Kenneth Anger

Anger is one of the most influential and important filmmakers ever, but his public persona has eclipsed that for years. His classic body of work, which actually runs altogether less than 2 1/2 hours but was made over a period of 30 years, is an achievement that will last beyond him. His last few videos and films have been items that seem like novelties and concepts rather than wicked visual "indulgences" and "trips" like his classic works. They keep showing up on YouTube, so I have to recommend them, if only because they're so hard to see. The latest to crop up on the site is The Man We Want to Hang (2002), which is a montage he made composed entirely of the art of his hero, the "beast" Aleister Crowley. Part one is below; part two is retrievable if you press the URL link below it and follow the poster's link.


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I would recommend you to Scorpio Rising,Anger's masterpiece, on the 'Tube, but the good postings of it have been taken down and the only one up presently is the one (see post below) that slices it into small shards. I recently got to see the film on a big movie screen for the first time (Anger's work lived again in the 1980s, thanks to the Mystic Fire series of VHS releases), and it is a complete mind-blower, which can be enjoyed in almost any fashion it is seen, but it really shouldn't be seen in such short segments....

1 comment:

Charles said...

No reason to youtube SCORPIO RISING - Fantoma will be releasing it on DVD: Kenneth Anger vol. 2. (Vol. 1 is a must have.)