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Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)

 -  Short  -  1954 (USA)
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A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Samson De Brier ...
Lord Shiva / Osiris / Nero / The Great Beast
Marjorie Cameron ...
The Scarlet Woman / Kali
Joan Whitney ...
Katy Kadell ...
Renate Druks ...
Lilith (as Renata Loom)
Anaïs Nin ...
Astarte
Paul Mathison ...
Pan
Curtis Harrington ...
Cesare / Slave / Sleep-walker
Kenneth Anger ...
Hecate
Peter Loome ...
Ganymede
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A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and the Great Beast and the Scarlet Woman are part of a visual feast of images superimposed, hallucinations, and the spirit of decadence of the "Yellow '90s." Mythological images from Aleister Crowley, cabalistic symbols, artifice, and magic combine to render the pleasure dome both as prison and as celebration. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Kenneth Anger was inspired to make the film after attending a Halloween party where the theme was "Come as your Madness". See more »

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Nice color and imagery but little else
5 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Plot less short about some Greek gods (or something) getting together in a pleasure dome. There's no dialogue--only music which is supposed to match the images (I think). The color (in the restored print) is incredibly vivid and rich and some of the images are eye-catching but this is more boring and self-indulgent than anything else. The same images are shown again and again and AGAIN...it gets tedious rather quickly. With no plot or story to follow this gets to be a chore to watch. This might be of some interest to some since it has author Anais Nin as Astarte and artist Paul Mathison looking incredibly handsome as Pan. But, all in all, this is boring and pointless. It comes across as little more than director Kenneth Anger and his friends playing dress up. I give this a 4 for the imagery and color alone.


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