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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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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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Торжественное открытие храма наслаждений See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Referenced in Enter the Void (2009) See more »

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Masterpiece of Color
25 April 2007 | by ullspergSee all my reviews

What can one say about these films that hasn't already been said? Anger threw down a gauntlet and it really hasn't been touched. I don't expect it to be picked up anytime soon, just as I don't expect another director with the voice and vision of a Ford, Dreyer, Bresson, or Fassbinder to turn up. I'd say perhaps that Dreyer or Bresson are the only other filmmakers whose complete body of work is as compelling as Anger's. There are riches in Anger's films for endless ages of human beings to unearth and rediscover.

Frankly, I hope I die before I get as "old" as one of the other commenters here (see above).


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