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Kenneth Anger
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Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger (b. 1927, U.S.A.) lives and works in Los Angeles. He is an independent filmmaker and author. Anger attended the University of Southern California where he studied cinema. Making films since 1947, Anger is considered internationally as a pioneering and influential force in avant-garde cinema. Anger’s iconic works include Fireworks (1947), Puce Moment (1949), Eaux d’artifice (1953), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-66), Scorpio Rising (1963), Kustom Kar Kommandos (1964-65), Invocation of my Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1970-81). Kenneth Anger’s work constitutes a radical critique of Hollywood, often evoking and referencing pop icons within occult settings and depicting youth counterculture in the midst of violence and eroticism. Anger does not use a narrative-based style, but rather lyrically explores themes of ritualistic transformation and transfiguration. His films are imbued with a baroque splendor stemming from the heightened sensuality of his opulent colors and imagery. They are often accompanied by a haunting soundtrack, composed by renowned musicians.