Kenneth Anger-characteristics

Kenneth Anger worked with film. He primarily used 16mm film throughout his career. Although he has worked with 35mm film, these projects were either never finished or destroyed. His films from 1941 to 1947 were shot in black and white. (1942's Tinsel Tree was hand tinted.) From 1949 to 1980, his films were shot in color. His early films were all silent, up until the 1946 sound version of a film made two years earlier, Escape Episode. He used sound, usually just music and sound effects for his films from 1946 to 1980. The shortest films he has made are 1942's 3 minute Tinsel Tree and 1965's 3.5 minute Kustom Kar Kommandoes. His longest films are 1944's 35 minute Escape Episode, 1954's Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, and 1980's Lucifer Rising.

There is a comic or satirical element in the hyperbolic symbolism presented in most of Anger's films. He favors art which argues with itself.


SOURCES: Fonoroff, N. & Curry, M. (1988). Canyon Cinema Catalogue 6. Ann Arbor, Michigan: McNaughton & Gunn.

Kenneth Anger