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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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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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Directed by
Kenneth Anger  (as Anger)
Writing credits
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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

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38 min
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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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stunning, haunting, multi-layered, the ultimate in arcane occult symbolism, 23 March 2005
Author: bobby cormier ( from springfield, ma

this film is a devastating visual, sensory experience. i have been haunted by its breathtaking imagery & multi-layered arcane symbolism since the first time i saw it. i've watched it over & over again in the years since first viewing it & it never loses its overload of impact on me. i am not an acid casualty, in case you are wondering. it assaults the senses from all angles in a cubist, multidimensional sense. each viewing will bring new insight & renewed, shimmering ecstasy. i promise this to anyone who is open & teachable & cinematic ally inclined to new experience. kenneth anger is a national & world treasure. can you tell i like this film? the flaws in it, if any, have eluded me for years. -bobby

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