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7 April 1973 (France) See more »
A soundtrack plays folk rock as a woman prepares, at noon, to take her Borzois for a walk. She goes through her dresses... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Kenneth Anger @ 85
 (From MUBI. 2 February 2012, 6:25 AM, PST)

Buñuel, "Unfinished Films," "Passione" and More
 (From MUBI. 22 June 2011, 10:51 AM, PDT)

Anthology Film Archives’ Essential Cinema Repertory Collection
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  (in alphabetical order) (verified as complete)
Yvonne Marquis ... Hollywood Star (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Anger  (as Anger)
Writing credits
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Kenneth Anger  uncredited

Produced by
Kenneth Anger .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jonathan Halper (1970 version)
Cinematography by
Curtis Harrington 
Film Editing by
Kenneth Anger 
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6 min
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Kenneth Anger added a new folk-rock soundtrack in 1966.See more »
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Anachronistically vibrant, 3 May 2009
Author: ackstasis from Australia

'Puce Moment (1949)' is, oddly enough, my first film from director Kenneth Anger. As soon as it began, I realised I'd discovered a filmmaker who stood well ahead of his time. Is that folk rock playing on the soundtrack? Surely, I told myself, such a song has no place in a 1949 film – the technique has since become commonplace in movies and music videos. The film's vibrant colour photography clashes uncertainly with the shaky hand-held filming style, suggesting the rising experimental movement of the 1960s. It's peculiar that Anger wasn't even attempting to be "trendy" or "modern" with his film-making style. 'Puce Moment,' originally intended as a feature, was supposed to be emulating the opulent Hollywood lifestyles of the silent era. The film opens with a 1920s movie star (Yvonne Marquis) lavishly searching for a suitable dress from her extensive wardrobe of flapper gowns, before applying perfume, languishing lazily on a chair, and then taking her four dogs for a walk. Strangely, it all barely feels like the 1920s. Does this mean that the film failed in what it was attempting? Maybe, but it's a glorious failure. Anger's condemnation of the movie star's decadent daily routine preempts Billy Wilder's critique in 'Sunset Blvd. (1950),' and his film-making style clearly influenced the experimental cinema of the coming decades. This was my first film from Kenneth Anger, but it certainly won't be my last.

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