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Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)

A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »

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Kenneth Anger (as Anger)
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Complete credited cast:
Samson De Brier Samson De Brier ... Lord Shiva / Osiris / Nero / The Great Beast
Marjorie Cameron Marjorie Cameron ... The Scarlet Woman / Kali
Joan Whitney Joan Whitney ... Aphrodite
Katy Kadell Katy Kadell ... Isis
Renate Druks Renate Druks ... Lilith (as Renata Loom)
Anaïs Nin Anaïs Nin ... Astarte
Paul Mathison Paul Mathison ... Pan
Curtis Harrington ... Cesare / Slave / Sleep-walker
Kenneth Anger ... Hecate
Peter Loome Peter Loome ... Ganymede
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A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and the Great Beast and the Scarlet Woman are part of a visual feast of images superimposed, hallucinations, and the spirit of decadence of the "Yellow '90s." Mythological images from Aleister Crowley, cabalistic symbols, artifice, and magic combine to render the pleasure dome both as prison and as celebration. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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English

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1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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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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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 | by cshockcSee all my reviews

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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