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1954 (USA) See more »
A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nice color and imagery but little else See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Samson De Brier ... Lord Shiva / Osiris / Nero / The Great Beast
Marjorie Cameron ... The Scarlet Woman / Kali
Joan Whitney ... Aphrodite
Katy Kadell ... Isis
Renate Druks ... Lilith (as Renata Loom)
Anaïs Nin ... Astarte
Paul Mathison ... Pan
Curtis Harrington ... Cesare / Slave / Sleep-walker
Kenneth Anger ... Hecate
Peter Loome ... Ganymede

Directed by
Kenneth Anger  (as Anger)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenneth Anger  uncredited

Cinematography by
Kenneth Anger (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Kenneth Anger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Straede .... assistant camera
Crew believed to be complete


Additional Details

38 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Nice color and imagery but little else, 5 February 2009
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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 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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