Episode 27: Kenneth Anger's Magick Lantern Cycle

Special Guest: Michelle Clifford

In a very special episode, Mike and Mondo Justin examine the dangerously influential dark cinematic magick of movie magus Kenneth Anger.

The guys break down Anger's infamous Magick Lantern Cycle noting its significant impact on underground film as well as mainstream Hollywood.

The guys are also joined by Michelle Clifford; writer for Sleazoid Express and Anger: The Unauthorized Biography of Kenneth Anger.

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In 1978, Anger re-cut his landmark 1954 film, Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome by several minutes. In addition, Anger changed the score for the film as well.  Anger had previous selected Glagolitic Mass by Czech composer Leoš Janáček. This re-constructed version, offered here today features Anger's choice of the 1974 Electric Light Orchestra album, Eldorado as score. This edition of the film would be labeled by Anger as his "Sacred Mushroom Edition". Anger successfully screened this E.L.O. version of the film at the 1978 Boston Film Festival. This festival exhibition would be the only time in history this version of Anger's film would been seen, until now.

10 comments:

  1. Just out of curiosity... Why didn't you guys mention the upcoming release of Kenneth Anger: A Demonic Visionary (2nd edition)? The author Alice Hutchison wrote the monograph with Kenneth Anger's cooperation securing his approval to reproduce images and documents that had never-before been published. More importantly, the author places emphasis on Anger's influence on artists and filmmakers. The first edition was published in 2004, it's strange that I haven't been able to find an interview with Anger regarding 'the most comprehensive monograph to date'. It's also a little strange that there isn't more press surrounding the release of the 2nd edition...

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  2. Another great podcast. Great to see experimental cinema integrated with the other wonders in The Projection Booth. Michelle Clifford was an excellent interview. I truly enjoyed her segment and how she answered your questions. Also appreciate Mondo Justin's enthusiasm for Anger's work. Nice job!

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  3. recently found this episode and popped it into my car to listen to when traveling to and from work. well, i couldnt wait to go to work... that's saying something! i've never had any friends that were into kenneth anger so i've just watched the films on my own over the years. i also read the bill landis book a while back; nice to hear you reference it. thanks very much for this in-depth analysis of the magick lantern cycle. you guys became my friends in anger!

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  4. Currently listening to this one. I'm a big fan of Kenneth Anger's work so I'm totally enjoying and sharing Mondo Justin's enthusiasm.
    Just wanted to comment that, even as a lover of a lot of noise music and the like, I can't stand Mick Jagger's soundtrack for Invocation of my Demon Brother, is so random, careless and, frankly, annoying >(
    I prefer the one by Magick Powerhouse of Oz, which you can listen here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IChJom3LWM
    Is very harsh too but it tries to work WITH the film and manages to create some atmosphere.
    I've been looking for a good quality copy of the track to make my own fan-edit :/

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  5. Anger added the music later in the 60s not in 1949 as you stated. It's very well known that this wasn't the original soundtrack and completely obvious that this music wasn't recorded in the 40s!!

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  6. *Referring to "Puce Moment".

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  7. I'm a bit perplexed by some statements you make. Mainly early on, when you seem annoyed by Anger's reworking of his films. This is particularly odd when it comes to this kind of filmmaking as it is very much akin to painting and can be worked and reworked indefinitely. It is this very same hollywood thinking that so adversely affected the work of Orson Welles.

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  8. When you say "you" are you referring to me or Mondo Justin? I must admit that it's been a few years since we recorded this one so I can't recall what was said very readily.

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  9. I'm sorry it's near the beginning of the podcast and I don't remember exactly who it was. It was a sort of generalized "you". I apologize.

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  10. No problem. I'll have to go back and take a listen. Personally, I'm fine if people want to mess with their own work... as long as that earlier version is made available. I feel very strongly about stuff like Star Wars where the original version is not around.

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