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Kenneth Anger: Magician of Underground Cinema

Germany, English, 50 mins

Original Title

Kenneth Anger - Magier des Untergrundfilms
  • Director: Reinhold E. Thiel

CGiii Comment

It's Kenneth...talking nonsense, filming nonsense.

Here, he's kept company by a German narrator...obviously a fan...he spouts a load of nonsense too.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Could film be a magical weapon, a magical ritual? It’s certainly what cult underground American filmmaker Kenneth Anger thinks. With films such as Lucifer Rising (1967-1980) and Invocation of my Demon brother (1969), Anger blazed through the underground and artistic avant-garde in the late Sixties with his singular vision and philosophy. Resolutely uncommercial, Anger sees film as ritual – his chosen medium through which to channel visions, cast spells, and recreate Myth.

In this rare portrait, director Reinhold E. Thiel attempts to film a documentary of Kenneth Anger, during the making of his film ‘Lucifer Rising’. But what begins as an attempt to a documentary is quickly overtaken by Anger’s play and sense of fantasy. Kenneth constructs a series of staged scenes, notably creating “an altar behind which he makes his statements, robed as a magician and artist“. As the director notes, Kenneth  “never had an affinity for documentary filmmaking“.

Cast & Characters

Kenneth Anger as Himself

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