Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)
Underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger used philosopher Aleister Crowley's writings as the basis for this short film. An assembly of wizards transform themselves into "godlike entities" and engage in erotic ceremonies. Famed author Anais Nin plays a goddess.
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Not sure what to take from this film beyond a certain hedonistic "feast of the gods" ambience, but it's visually spectacular. Compound images, vivid colors, costumes...I'm sure quite a few acidheads have enjoyed tripping to this one over the years (if they could find a copy, that is).
The green conehead in the powdered wig becomes a bit grating, but if you've always wanted to see Anais Nin with a birdcage over her head, this film will make your day.
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