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Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger (born 1930) is an underground avant-garde film-maker and author. As a child he played the child prince in the 1935 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream and attended the Maurice Kossloff Dancing School with Shirley Temple. He gained fame and notoriety from the publication of Hollywood Babylon in 1958, a tell-all book of the scandals of Hollywood's rich and famous. He became fascinated with the supernatural and Aleister Crowley sometime in his late teens and many of his films reflect occult themes. He began making films around age 11, but his early films were mostly destroyed. His first film to see distribution was Fireworks in 1947. While most of his films are short subject (ranging from 3.5 minutes to 30 minutes) mood pieces, in 1955 he made a documentary film of the ruins of Crowley's magical abbey in Cefalu, Sicily. During the late 60's he associated with The Rolling Stones, and Mick Jagger did the music for Anger's 1969 film Invocation of My Demon Brother. Several of his films are collected in the 4 volume Magick Lantern Cycle, these are marked * in the filmography.