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Kenneth Anger

American filmmaker

Kenneth Anger is ...


Born 3 February 1927 in Santa Monica
Age 96 years, 4 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Birth name Kenneth Wilbur Anglemyer
Occupation actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer, film editor, writer and filmmaker
Awards Maya Deren Award
Genre erotic art

About Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger is a filmmaker whose work has been described as "surreal, erotic, and occult." Born in Santa Monica, California in 1927, Anger began making films as a teenager and quickly gained a reputation as an avant-garde artist. His early works, such as "Fireworks" (1947) and "Eaux d'Artifice" (1953), explored themes of homoeroticism and the occult.

In the 1960s, Anger became associated with the counterculture movement and began making films that were more explicitly political. His most famous work from this period is "Scorpio Rising" (1963), a film that juxtaposes images of biker culture with Nazi imagery to comment on the violence and nihilism of American society.

Throughout his career, Anger has been a controversial figure, both for his subject matter and his personal life. He has been open about his homosexuality and his interest in the occult, and has been involved in several high-profile legal battles over his work.

Despite these controversies, Anger's influence on the world of cinema has been profound. His innovative use of music, color, and editing techniques has inspired generations of filmmakers, from Martin Scorsese to David Lynch.


- "Kenneth Anger: The Magick Lantern Cycle" by Jack Sargeant

- "Kenneth Anger: A Demonic Visionary" by Alice L. Hutchison

- "Kenneth Anger: The Art of Magick" by Carl Abrahamsson

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