7.1/10
1,607
17 user 25 critic

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 »

Director:

Kenneth Anger (as Anger)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Kenneth Anger, Bobby Beausoleil, Bill Beutel
Rabbit's Moon (1950)
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Pierrot waxes romantic, entranced by the moon. Harlequin appears and bullies him, then uses a magic lantern to project an image of Columbine. Pierrot tries to court the illusory Columbine ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Claude Revenant, André Soubeyran, Nadine Valence
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Ernie Allo, Bruce Byron, Frank Carifi
Fireworks (1949)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Depicts a dream sequence about the brutal rape and torture of Anger himself (as a teenager) by a group of sailors on the street (after trying to pick one of them up).

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Kenneth Anger, Gordon Gray, Bill Seltzer
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man dressed in an elegant period dress wanders through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este.

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Carmilla Salvatorelli
Puce Moment (1949)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A soundtrack plays folk rock as a woman prepares, at noon, to take her Borzois for a walk. She goes through her dresses, all 1920s style flapper gowns, holding them one at a time, shaking ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Yvonne Marquis
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age.

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Kenneth Anger, Bobby Beausoleil, Donald Cammell
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A man in tight jeans buffs his car to the strains of "Dream Lover".

Director: Kenneth Anger
Vibroboy (1994)
Short | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An old aztec statue brought back from Mexico to France by a transvestite and an acrobat suddenly releases El Vibro, a.k.a. Vibroboy, a superhero endowed with a phallic driller...

Director: Jan Kounen
Stars: Dominique Bettenfeld, Valérie Druguet, Michel Vuillermoz
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An experiment with editing techniques that distort space and time in order to further contextualize an image.

Director: Maya Deren
Stars: Rita Christiani, Maya Deren, Anaïs Nin
Magick Lantern Cycle (Video 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Director: Kenneth Anger
Wavelength (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week.

Director: Michael Snow
Stars: Hollis Frampton, Lyne Grossman, Naoto Nakazawa
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Fantasy | Horror

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Inspired by Joris-Karl Huysmans novel "À rebours" (1884). See more »

Connections

Featured in Magick Lantern Cycle (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
ALEISTER CROWLEY ON ACID
6 December 2002 | by NorwegianhereticSee all my reviews

Quite possibly,the most incomprehensible film every made, Kenneth Anger's INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME deserves a place in cultural, if not film history. Arcane satanic references merged with bizarre hallucinogenic Egyptian rituals, and all done with a straight face, are endlessly fascinating to any student of the subculture of Hollywood and San Francisco in the post-war years. This was a time when to be gay or of a mixed gender was considered not just socially unacceptable, it was considered a sign of sickness. I don't think that a film like this could have been made without the cultural stigma associated with being part of the sexual underworld.

As an 'experimental film,' though, it's not really that original. Anger borrows heavily from Cocteau, Luis Bunuel, Maya Deren and others, whose work was far more original and far less self-conscious. It nevertheless, amazingly I should say, holds your interest (since it's only 35 minutes, partially) and I would reccomend it to anyone interested in the fringes of the art world.


15 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed