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A masochistic fantasy/dream/nightmare. This was my first experience with Kenneth Anger, and I have to say I was a little underwhelmed, especially as this seems to be one of his most renowned works. Rather typical experimental film, with a few intriguing ideas but it's almost as if they happened by accident. I can appreciate that it was surely quite radical for its time (both in style and content) but it didn't do much for me.
Kenneth Anger's dream-like imagery brings back memories of early European scandalous surreal hits such as Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou and L'age D'or, or the seashell and the clergyman. The way he transcribed what he claims to be a dream into film feels as nothing more than that, a dream. He also displays a great comfort with his identity and seems to rejoice over it in such a statement of his obvious desire to be aggressively possessed by sailors and body builders. He was forced to battle in court the relevance of the erotically suggestive visuals to the artistic value of the piece. He won, of course.
An extremely personal and fervent effort on Anger's part; the film is affecting on several levels. Dreamlike, dark, violent and, in a strange way, captivating.
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