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The Magick Lantern Cycle Movies Online Streaming Guide

Though later released as a singular DVD, this collection of nine short films are considered seminal works by renown filmmaker Kenneth Anger were made from 1947 to 1972. Together they are commonly identified as “The Magick Lantern Cycle”, and “form the basis of Anger’s reputation as one of the most influential independent filmmakers in cinema history.”

  • Fireworks

    December 31, 1947

    Fireworks revolves around a young man (played by Anger himself) associating with various navy sailors, who eventually turn on him, stripping him naked and beating him to death, ripping open his chest to find a clock ticking inside. Several fireworks then explode, accompanied by a burning Christmas tree and the final shot shows the young man lying in bed next to another topless man.

  • Puce Moment

    January 1, 1949

    Puce Moment is a short 6 minute film by Kenneth Anger, author of the Hollywood Babylon books, filmed in 1949. Puce Moment resulted from the unfinished short film Puce Women. The film opens with a camera watching 1920s style flapper gowns being taken off a dress rack. The dresses are removed and danced off the rack to music. (The original soundtrack was Verdi opera music; in the 1960s, Anger re-released the film with a new psychedelic folk-rock soundtrack performed by Jonathan Halper.) A long-lashed woman, Yvonne Marquis, dresses in the purple puce gown and walks to her vanity to apply perfume. She lies on a chaise lounge which then begins to move around the room and eventually out to a patio. Borzois appear and she prepares to take them for a walk.

  • Eaux d'artifice

    January 1, 1953

    A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, as the music of Vivaldi’s Winter movement of The Four Seasons plays. Heavy red filters give a blue cast to the light; water plays across stone, and fountains send it into the air. No words are spoken. Baroque statuary and the sensuous flow of water are back lit. Anger calls it water games.

  • The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome

    March 29, 1954

    Lord Shiva wakes. A convocation of magicians in the guise of figures from mythology; a masquerade party at which Pan is the prize. The wine of Hecate is poured: Pan’s cup is poisoned by Shiva. Kali blesses the assembly as a bacchic rite ensues.

  • Scorpio Rising

    October 7, 1963

    A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

  • Kustom Kar Kommandos

    July 31, 1965

    A man in tight jeans buffs his car to the strains of The Paris Sisters’ “Dream Lover”.

  • Invocation of My Demon Brother

    October 10, 1969

    The shadowing forth of Our Lord Lucifer, as the Power of Darkness gather at a midnight mass. The dance of the Magus widdershins around the Swirling Spiral Force, the solar swastika, until the Bringer of Light—Lucifer—breaks through.

  • Rabbit's Moon

    January 2, 1971

    A Japanese fairy tale meets commedia dell’Arte. All in white, the naïf Pierrot lies in a wood. Doo-wop music plays as he rises, stares about, and reaches for the moon. Although music abounds and the children of the wood are there at play, Pierrot is melancholy and alone. Harlequin appears, brimming with confidence and energy. He conjures the lovely Colombina. Pierrot is dazzled. But can the course of true love run smooth?

  • Lucifer Rising

    April 10, 1974

    Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age.

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