Black Leather Lucifer

Overview

Kenneth Anger: author of Hollywood Babylon, true disciple of Aleister Crowley, former mentor to both Bobby Beausoleil and Mick Jagger, amongst others - and one of the most original and talented film-makers of the 20th Century.

BLACK LEATHER LUCIFER presents revelatory texts on the occult, mind-altering, homo-erotic, synaesthetic and pop-culture tropes to be found within such classic underground films as Anger's Fireworks, Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome, Scorpio Rising, Kustom...

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Overview

Kenneth Anger: author of Hollywood Babylon, true disciple of Aleister Crowley, former mentor to both Bobby Beausoleil and Mick Jagger, amongst others - and one of the most original and talented film-makers of the 20th Century.

BLACK LEATHER LUCIFER presents revelatory texts on the occult, mind-altering, homo-erotic, synaesthetic and pop-culture tropes to be found within such classic underground films as Anger's Fireworks, Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome, Scorpio Rising, Kustom Kar Kommandos, Invocation Of My Demon Brother, and Lucifer Rising. It includes a complete filmography, and is illustrated with over 50 illuminating photographic images, including 16 in stunning full colour.

BLACK LEATHER LUCIFER was adapted from the previous publication Moonchild (Creation Books, 2000).

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"Kenneth Anger is a unique film-maker, an artist of exceptional imagination." -- Martin Scorsese
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781902588278
  • Publisher: Glitter Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Hunter is author and editor of over 20 previous books on cinema, including EROS IN HELL and MOONCHILD, as well as the popular book on Japanese art, DREAM SPECTRES, and the counter-culture classic FREAK BABYLON.
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The work of Kenneth Anger provides a subversive alternative to mainstream cinema that also references this world, and quotes from it. Anger was fascinated by Hollywood history and the escapist glamor of Hollywood movies - especially silent cinema - and mainstream Hollywood functions both as his matrix and his adversary. In his Hollywood Babylon books, images of Hollywood stars are taken out of their usual structures of representation and put into a new, perverse context intended to disturb customary modes of perception. These books, like Anger's films, serve to highlight the very ambivalent dynamic between the cinema audience, and the stars they worship and destroy.
For Anger, cinematic projection is an actual ceremony (rather than a re-enactment of something previously staged). It can therefore also function in the form of a prophecy - and, from time to time, a hex. As his films demonstrate, Anger believes strongly in what he describes as the "cinema of correspondences”. He regards film as having the potential, when properly used, to invoke primal forces, perhaps even demons. Once released, these demons can affect not only those involved in the film's production, but also, through a series of occult circuits connecting physical with spiritual dimensions of existence, the film's audience. Anger claims that he's always considered movies to be evil; the point of cinematic images, he believes, is to "control” lives and occurrences. "My reason for filming has nothing to do with 'cinema' at all”, he claims. "It's a transparent excuse for capturing people… I consider myself as working Evil in an evil medium”. He regards film as a kind of terrorist aesthetic, a form of alchemy which works to bring both image and spectacle to life. Anger's Hollywood Babylon books, in fact, are chronicles of the ways in which lives have been cursed and destroyed by the demons of film.
"Lucifer”, writes Kenneth Anger, "is the patron saint of the visual arts. Color, form, all these are the work of Lucifer”. It was Anger who first understood that film, properly used and respected, is a spiritual form, a magical ceremony involving the display of trapped light. We often forget that the word "media” is the plural of the word "medium”, the most common word for a channeler of spirits. The filmmaker is an artist working in light, his camera a ceremonial instrument of invocation, the cinematograph his magical sceptre. And the lord of light, of course, is Lucifer.
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