Kenneth Anger and Brian Butler occult theatrical extravaganza in L.A. on Sunday


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/16/kenneth-anger-and-brian-butler.html


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I was raised Mormon and stuck around long enough to attend temple ceremonies - where my basically naked body was “washed and anointed” by elderly temple workers and I was instructed to pantomime various forms of ritual suicide as a warning against revealing the temple secrets I learned there.

Cult or occult, it was quite a theatrical extravaganza in its own way.


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I’m really surprised Kenneth Anger still walks among us.


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Yes, I’m surprised too. Have you seen his experimental films or read his books? The dude has been around for a helluva long time.


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There needs to be a “film school” version of Netflix, where you can see experimental film, arthouse film, and classic documentary.
If it already exists, I need to know where that is.


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According to Wikipedia, he’s 89 and started making movies back in the 1940’s when he was very young indeed.


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I had to search YouTube. Here is his first publicly displayed film, Fireworks (1947).


The homoerotic themes are very daring for the time. I haven’t seen this since my sophomore year, over 30 years ago. I wonder if I picked up on the visual puns.

Here’s another—I guess we should say that it is as much auto-erotic as it is homoerotic.

And finally, a clip from Scorpio Rising. This is a much more dense collage and you might be able to see where he is exploring metaphysical and occult themes.


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Ha ha I was going to post those myself :smiley:


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