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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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Daily | Cinema Scope, Reed, Ferretti
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Weekly Rushes. 17 June 2015
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Underground Film History 1958: U.S. Movies Win Prizes At Brussels
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Cast

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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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The film was very popular - especially in its 1966 revision - with the counterculture movement and was watched by many under the influence of LSD and magic mushrooms.See more »
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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Shocking and Inspiring, 16 May 2007
Author: frank_blankenship from United States

Anger's vision is a ritual in and of itself, committed to film to be enacted on each viewing. The colors were hypnotic at times. The homo-eroticism is simmering under the surface, mingled with so much symbolism that it is impossible to over-analyze it. Usually movies don't leave me feeling this awash in literally psychedelic thoughts, disconnected from the moment and yet fully a part of it's reckoning. Like the effect of Pulp Fiction on my subconscious vocabulary, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome left me thinking differently. There is some profound effect from watching it, I believe, pulling the viewer in as a participant.

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