Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome - 1954

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Niccolo and Donkey
Alex you will have a field day watching this 38 minute short film directed by Kenneth Anger.


O'Zebedee popfop Bronze Age Pervert anunnaki Mike Kobresia

I didn't get it.

Niccolo and Donkey
It's quite esoteric, to the point of almost being an inside joke. The film is awash in colour, imagery, and symbolism, allowing for many interpretations. The cast of characters are mythical, biblical, and fictional, drawing on the Cult of Thelema, Greek Mythology, and even Freemasonry.

In short, it's subversive visual art based in the occult. My interest in it stems from the cultural aspect of occultism in 20th century America.
Given the people that Kenneth Anger has reportedly influenced in his wake, I would appreciate any breakdown (from anyone). To me it's like cinematic dadaism or something.

One thing that struck me in glancing at Wikipedia is that apparently there is a connection between Anger and Alfred Kinsey:
Fireworks came out in 1948. After Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954), the connection continues:
Partially from apathy (which perhaps I should shake), I haven't studied enough to make heads or tails of Crowley or this goofy Thelema stuff, but it's interesting to me that the man best known for giving a (junk-) scientific grounding and veneer to the sexual liberation movement would be intimately caught up in this occult business. I have a life habit of thinking in scientific-rational terms, but when I reflect on recent homosexual couples molesting adoptive children, look back on Kinsey's career of fraud and perversion, and mull the modern scientific establishment's role in whitewashing this to achieve modern-day pedophile "progress", it reinforces my irrational yet growing intuition that Satan or some other dark force is behind all this. Given Kinsey's connection to the occult-linked homosexual Anger, who knows, maybe Satan has a hand in this after all.
Niccolo and Donkey

Good stuff, Mike. You should read up on the connections between Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard, and Jack Parsons as well. All these links make for an interesting topic.

Kinsey crops up among the Beats as well; in Times Square he had an assistant approach Herbert Huncke, a rent boy/addict, to answer his questionnaire. He then gave Huncke a few extra bucks every time he brought in another person, which is how WS Burroughs met Kinsey.