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Moonchild: The Films of Kenneth Anger (Persistence of Vision)

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Cultural Writing. Gay/Lesbian Studies. Kenneth Anger: author of Hollywood Babylon, true disciple of Aleister Crowley, former mentor to both Bobby Beausoleil and Mick Jagger, amongst others-and certainly one of the most original and talented film-makers of the 20th Century. MOONCHILD presents revelatory texts on the occult, mind-altering, homo-erotic, synaesthetic and pop-c

Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Creation Books
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I was already familiar with and a fan of Kenneth Anger's sumptuous and difficult movies (Scorpio Rising, Invocation of my Demon Brother, Lucifer Rising) but I never quite understood the whole Crowley magick business entwined them until now. Film nerds with a goth/intellectual bent, rejoice.

My favorite part is the list of earlier unseen films, including this description of Prisoner of Mars (1942) made when the film-maker was fifteen years old.

Cast: Kenneth Anger (The Boy-Elect from Earth). Synops
Not a classic like the Alice Hutchinson book on Anger, but nevertheless a good study on one of the great living filmmakers. Kenneth Anger is truly an original force in the cinema, and his personal history is both fascinating and an inside look of the gay/artistic world of the 40's through the 70's. Remarkable man, There should be at least 12 more books on Kenneth Anger!
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