Kenneth Anger is one of the premiere figures of the American underground film movement. Born in Santa Monica, California, Anger began making avant-garde films as a teenager in the 1940s and continues to do so to this day.
His most famous film is Scorpio Rising (1963), a experimental documentary/narrative hybrid featuring a Brooklyn-based biker gang that he met in Brooklyn, New York. His earlier film, Fireworks (1947) is considered a pioneering work of homoerotic filmmaking.
In addition to his filmmaking, Anger founded and ran with fellow avant-garde filmmaker Curtis Harrington a short-lived screening society and distribution organization in Los Angeles in the '40s.
Anger is also probably most famously known as the author of the hugely successful gossip book Hollywood Babylon.
Much of the below filmography was constructed out of the Underground Film Timeline, where you can find out more about Anger and his place in underground film history. Since Anger has been known to continually revise and reedit -- and sometimes abandon -- his films, many of the films listed below have multiple dates.
Many of his earliest films have been restored and released on The Complete Magick Lantern Cycle DVD set.
Watch Streaming Films By Kenneth Anger:
Uniform Attraction (2009)
Brush of Baphomet (2009)
Ich Will! (2008)
My Surfing Lucifer (2008)
Elliott’s Suicide (2007)
I’ll Be Watching You (2007)
Mouse Heaven (2005)
The Man We Want to Hang (2002)
Lucifer Rising (1966-67, 1980)
Rabbit’s Moon (1950, 1979)
Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969)
KKK (Kustom Kar Kommandos) (1965)
Anger Aquarian Arcanum (1965)
Scorpio Rising (1963)
Histoire d’O (1959-61)
Thelema Abbey (1955)
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954, 1958, 1966)
Eaux d’Artifice (1953)
Maldoror (unfinished) (1951-52)
La Jeune Homme et La Mort (1951 or 1953)
La Lune des Lapins (unfinished) (1950)
Puce Moment (1949)
The Love That Whirls (unfinished) (1948)
Escape Episode (sound) (1946)
Drastic Demise (1945)
Escape Episode (silent) (1944)
The Nest (1943)
Prisoner of Mars (1942)
Tinsel Tree (1942)
Who Has Been Rocking My Dream Boat (1941)
Underground Film History 1958: U.S. Movies Win Prizes At Brussels
Monday, April 28, 1958: Len Lye wins $5,000 for 2nd prize at the international experimental film competition in Brussels, Belgium.
Andrew Sarris: Underground Film Is For Lovers
Influential film critic Andrew Sarris, who passed away June 20, met his wife Molly Haskell at a screening of Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising.
2012 NFPF Avant-Garde Masters Grants Announced + Screenings
The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Film Foundation have awarded their annual Avant-Garde Masters Grants for 2012, which will save films by Mike Kuchar, Ian Hugo, Jud Yalkut and more.
Sheldon Renan’s Classic Underground Film Book Now Online
Kenneth Anger At The 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival
An Introduction to the American Underground Film, the seminal book on avant-garde and experimental film history written by Sheldon Renan… Read More…
Kenneth Anger reveals loads of interesting tidbits live onstage at the 48th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, like he hangs out with the Jonas Brothers.
Movie Journal: Sixties Underground Film Posters And More
Look at some fantastic underground film posters and newspaper ads scanned from Jonas Mekas’ seminal book Movie Journal.
2010 Arkansas Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup
The 2nd Arkansas Underground Film Festival is screening classics by David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Anger, Miranda July and more.
2010 Onion City Experimental Film And Video Festival: Official Lineup
The 22nd annual Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival will screen films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Kenneth Anger and more.
Kenneth Anger Live(s)!
Kenneth Anger rocks the theremin with his band Technicolor Skull at the 40th anniversary bash for the Anthology Film Archives.
Oh My God, It’s Rocket John!
It’s the new retro-sci-fi hero for the ages: Rocket John, who’s a little Sins of the Fleshapoids and a little Scorpio Rising and a little unique.