Kenneth Anger: Restored Prints

Thursday, December 17, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Films by Kenneth Anger, American underground cinema's dark star, ignite the screen with occult symbolism and lush baroque sensibilities while smashing the atoms of pop culture. The selection of early short films in this event — a reverie of homoerotica, fetishism, machismo, myth, and ironic spectacle — paved the way for queer cinema and captured the attention of directors from Jean Cocteau to Martin Scorsese. Anger introduces the program and participates in a post-screening Q&A.

These films were recently restored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.


Kenneth Anger, filmmaker

Additional Info

Fireworks, 1947, 15 min., 35mm
Rabbit's Moon, 1950/1971, 16 min., 16mm
Scorpio Rising, 1963, 29 min., 35mm
Kustom Kar Kommandos, 1964, 3 min., 35mm

Image: Kenneth Anger, Scorpio Rising (1963), still; image courtesy and copyright of Kenneth Anger

Preservation made possible by the Film Foundation; prints courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.