The cult filmmaker attends a screening of his hypnotic epic, a sublimely perverse & magical film.
The Films of Kenneth Anger ft. Anger in personThe Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (929 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, United States) Map it $25
Evidenced by yet another season of faux-symbolic paraphernalia and upside-down crosses at Forever 21, allusions to Satanism in the record-breaking series, True Detective, “indie” bands continuing to omit vowels or substituting consonants with special signs, and illuminati conspiracy theories swirling around pop stars from Lady Gaga and Rihanna to Beyonce and Jay-Z, the occult trend is clearly still going strong. Practitioners of white magic, Satanism, and Wicca may denounce the mainstream’s gentrification and appropriation of a world that can’t be chaneled via upcycled prayer candles and distressed tarot cards at Urban Outfitters, but why curse the masses when a chance to catch Thelemic filmmaker, Kenneth Anger, at a screening of one of the greatest pieces of occult cinema ever created is in the cards this week? On April 17th, the great Kenneth Anger will be attending a screening of the Holy Grail of lost films: The original version of Lucifer Rising, featuring a young and feisty Jimmy Page. As part of Anger’s Magick Lantern Cycle, Lucifer Rising is one of his most elaborate productions and one of the greatest avant-garde films of the 1970s. Starring Marianne Faithful and Scottish director, Donald Cammell, as ancient gods engaged in a ceremonial ritual in Egypt, the film is hypnotic and intoxicating in more ways than one. Colors, rhythms, edits, and framing are exquisitely rendered, impeccably timed, and simply sublime, while the wonderfully perverse soundtrack is nothing short of a diabolical symphony that saturates the visual spectacle of macabre, kabalistic erotica, creating a swelling operatic drama that’s languid and foreboding, both sinister and divine.