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An Evening with Kenneth Anger: Dangerous Cinema


November 17th 2008 at 8:30 PM

An Evening with Kenneth Anger: Dangerous Cinema

"Anger forged a body of work as dazzlingly poetic in its unique visual intensity as it is narratively innovative." Senses of Cinema

A towering figure of American avant-garde cinema since the mid-1940s, Kenneth Anger has posited himself at the junction of pop culture, queer underground, occultism and rock music. Tonight's screening presents an array of works in which Anger subjects different ideologies and subcultures to his incisive vision and the uncanny re(de)constructive power of his editing skills. Ich Will (2007, 35 min.) montages newsreels from the Nazi era to Bruckner's music. Mouse Heaven (2005, 12 min.) "does for Mickey Mouse what Scorpio Rising did for neo-Nazi biker gangs," according to the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Elliott's Suicide (2007, 15 min.) is an elegy for the late Elliott Smith, while I'll Be Watching You (2007, 4:52 min.) and Foreplay (2008, 7 min.) explore two different forms of male bonding: sex in an underground parking structure and a soccer team's training session. The program concludes with the seminal Scorpio Rising (1963, 29 min., 35mm), whose hallucinatory and campy communing with pop culture fetishes (chrome-trimmed choppers, James Dean, zippers, Jesus) has been an enduring avant-garde crowd pleaser.

In person: Kenneth Anger

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The print of Scorpio Rising has been restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive; preservation funded by the Film Foundation.



Experimental / Avant Garde