Thursday, 25 July 2013

Mildly NSFW: Kenneth Anger's 'Lucifer Rising'

An interview with the underground author and filmmaker Kenneth Anger has just been published in The Guardian. In the piece he expresses frank views about some of those he collaborated with during the making of his film Lucifer Rising. Clearly it was not an easy shoot, plagued as it was with drug abuse and artistic fallings-out.

The film is a languid montage of Thelemite symbolism and features some amazing location footage. It has been interpreted as a prophesy of the death of the old Hebrew religions as humanity enters a new era of nihilistic worship of Lucifer.  For me the draw of the film is not simply its imagery of ancient locations and occult sets, but the equally strange set of real-world stories surrounding the production.  Most famously the actor and musician Bobby Beausoleil was fired from the film (allegedly for drug abuse) and thereafter fell in with Charles Manson. He was later convicted of one of the Manson Family killings and is still incarcerated. He and Anger repaired their relationship and Beausoleil later wrote the score for Lucifer from his prison cell.

Below is the full film, but I also urge you to listen to Beausoleil's soundtrack which is available on Spotify.

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