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Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer; February 3, 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which in particular have been grouped together as the "Magick Lantern Cycle," and form the basis of Anger's reputation as one of the most influential independent filmmakers in cinema history. His films variously merge surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult, and have been described as containing "elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle." Anger himself has been described as "one of America's first openly gay filmmakers, and certainly the first whose work addressed homosexuality in an undisguised, self-implicating manner," and his "role in rendering gay culture visible within American cinema, commercial or otherwise, is impossible to overestimate." Some of his particularly homoerotic works, such as Fireworks (1947) and Scorpio Rising (1964), were produced prior to the legalisation of homosexuality in the United States. He has also focused upon occult themes in many of his films, being fascinated by the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley, and is a follower of Crowley's religion, Thelema. This influence is evident from films like Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1972). Anger has described filmmakers such as Auguste and Louis Lumière and Georges Méliès as influences, and has been cited as an important influence on later film directors like Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and John Waters.He has also been described as having "a profound impact on the work of many other filmmakers and artists, as well as on music video as an emergent art form using dream sequence, dance, fantasy, and narrative." During the 1960s and 70s he associated and worked with a number of different figures in popular culture and the occult, including Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, sexologist Alfred Kinsey, artist Jean Cocteau, playwright Tennessee Williams and musicians Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Marianne Faithfull. He is also the author of the controversial best seller Hollywood Babylon (1959) and its sequel Hollywood Babylon II (1986), in which he claims to expose many of the rumours and secrets of Hollywood celebrities. Description above from the Wikipedia article Kenneth Anger, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

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Feb 3, 1927 In Santa Monica, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Prisoner of Mars 1942-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Anton LaVey - Into the Devil's Den 2019-12-06
Known For
Poster of Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star
Poster of Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof
Poster of SexTV
Poster of Langlois
Movie Cinemagician: Conversations with Kenneth Anger Unknown 2019-04-12
Movie Anton LaVey - Into the Devil's Den Himself 2019-12-06
Movie Mansfield 66/67 Himself 2017-01-29
Movie The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin Unknown 2015-09-08
Movie 42 One Dream Rush Lucifer (segment "Night of Pan") 2010-09-15
Movie Night of Pan Lucifer 2009-03-09
Movie FLicKeR Himself 2009-07-14
Movie Disinfo.Con Self 2007-02-20
Movie Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star 2006-01-21
Movie Notes on Marie Menken Himself 2006-04-20
Movie Anger Me Himself 2006-10-23
Movie Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof Self 2003-03-28
Series SexTV Unknown 1998-10-17
Movie Birth of a Nation Himself 1997-01-01
Movie The Beach Boys and The Satan Himself 1997-10-17
Movie Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker Himself - Author / Historian 1995-09-03
Movie Jonas in the Desert Himself 1994-01-01
Movie Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon Kenneth Anger 1991-01-01
Movie He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life Self 1986-02-22
Movie Lucifer Rising The Magus 1974-04-10
Movie Kenneth Anger - Magier des Untergrundfilms Himself 1970-04-29
Movie Langlois Self 1970-09-19
Movie Invocation of My Demon Brother The Magus (uncredited) 1969-10-10
Movie Arabesque for Kenneth Anger Unknown 1961-12-29
Movie The Dead Unknown 1960-12-31
Movie The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome Hecate 1954-03-29
Movie Fireworks Dreamer (uncredited) 1947-12-31
Movie Prisoner of Mars 1942-01-01