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1954 (USA) See more »
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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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A hallucinogenic adventure, a trippy dive into Crowley Land, an otherworldly playground of dreams and a dome-full of sensuality and pleasure. There has never been anything like it in the history of the cine See more (13 total) »

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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

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Kenneth Anger  (as Anger)
 
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Kenneth Anger  uncredited

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Kenneth Anger (uncredited)
 
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Kenneth Anger (uncredited)
 
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Robert Straede .... assistant camera
 
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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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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A hallucinogenic adventure, a trippy dive into Crowley Land, an otherworldly playground of dreams and a dome-full of sensuality and pleasure. There has never been anything like it in the history of the cine, 15 August 2003
Author: cshockc from Tampa, Florida

Swallowing jewelry? Drinking potions? A birdcage as head-dress? Kenneth Anger's IOTPD is the trippiest, most gorgeously haunting and sensual of film experiences I have ever seen; trust me, it will leave your mouth gaping in sheer awe. Hallucinogenic, weirdly stagnant and moving at the same time, a head-first dive into Crowley Land, an otherworldly playground of dreams deluged with sensuality and, as the title suggests, pleasure. You can watch it again and again and still never bore of it. Mesmerizing and beautifully filmed. Easily Anger's masterpiece (more so than SCORPIO RISING or LUCIFER RISING), and better than any other dives into "psychedelic psinema" (THE TRIP and the acid montage from EASY RIDER come to mind). There has never EVER been anything like this trippy tour de force of style in the history of the cinema.

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