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Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer; 3 February 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, occasional 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. Several of his films were released 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. 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.”

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     –   Fireworks (1947): A film Anger described as: “A dissatisfied dreamer awakes, goes out in the night seeking a `light’ and is drawn through the needle’s eye. A dream of a dream, he returns to bed less empty than before.” Adding later, “This flick is all I have to say about being seventeen, the United States Navy, American Christmas, and the Fourth of July.” In 1958, a lawsuit was brought against the manager Raymond Rohauer of L.A.’s Coronet Theatre for screening Fireworks; it became ‘an epic obscenity trial’ in the California Supreme Court which declared the film to be art.
     –   Scorio Rising (1964): An experimental film that stars Bruce Byron as Scorpio. Themes central to the film include the occult, biker subculture, Catholicism and Nazism; the film also explores the worship of rebel icons of the era, namely James Dean and Marlon Brando. As with many of Anger’s films, Scorpio Rising contains no dialogue – it instead features a prominent soundtrack consisting of ’50s and ’60s pop, including songs by Ricky Nelson, The Angels, The Crystals, Bobby Vinton, Elvis Presley, and Ray Charles. The film was screened at an art theatre in Los Angeles where the theatre manager was arrested for public obsenity and the film run canceled.
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