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Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969)

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Experimental short, featuring strobe-like erotic imagery with several shots of the Rolling Stones in performance and an original synthesizer score by Mick Jagger.

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Uncredited cast:
Kenneth Anger ...
The Magick (uncredited)
Bobby Beausoleil ...
Lucifer (uncredited)
Bill Beutel ...
Deacon (uncredited)
Harvey Bialy ...
Brother of the Rainbow (uncredited)
Timotha Bialy ...
Sister of the Rainbow (uncredited)
Speed Hacker ...
Wand bearer (uncredited)
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Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lenore Kandel ...
Deaconess (uncredited)
Anton LaVey ...
Satan (uncredited)
Van Leuven ...
Acolyte (uncredited)
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Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Experimental short, featuring strobe-like erotic imagery with several shots of the Rolling Stones in performance and an original synthesizer score by Mick Jagger.

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The first of Kenneth Anger's films to be explicitly gay and feature full frontal male nudity. See more »

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"Zap. You're pregnant. That's magick"
22 December 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

You don't have to be a scholar of the avant-garde/experimental scene to realize that Kenneth Anger IS trying to invoke something with his short film. A hypnotic nightmare, a devilish delirium, a dervish dance, a chaotic panorama of sights and sounds plucked straight from the late sixties hippie melting pot, pulsating with frenzied energy, convulsing and threatening to spiral out of control at every turn. The imagery Anger employs is an eclectic mix of Hell's Angels denim, occult liturgy, caleidscopic nightmares, religious iconography, hell, he even throws a Nazi flag in for good measure, and everything coalesces in a helter skelter of diabolic psychedelia. Yet what must have been a completely alien experience back in 1969 seems familiar territory by now - mostly because a lot of what Anger was doing back then, both in terms of imagery and execution, has been appropriated by the music video industry the past twenty years. Speaking of music, Mick Jagger's hypnotic score was as ahead of its time as the film itself. A must-see for the adventurous viewer.


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