Kenneth Anger

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Date of Birth February 3, 1927
Place of Birth California
Age 93 years old
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Kenneth Anger is an American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which have been grouped together as the "Magick Lantern Cycle". His films variously merge surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult, and have been described as containing "elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle". Anger himself has been described as "one of America's first openly gay filmmakers, and certainly the first whose work addressed homosexuality in an undisguised, self-implicating manner", and his "role in rendering gay culture visible within American cinema, commercial or otherwise, is impossible to overestimate", with several being released prior to the legalization of homosexual acts between consenting adults in the United States.

Born: Kenneth Wilbur Anglemyer, February 03, 1927, Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation: Filmmaker, actor, author, occultist
Years active: 1941–present
Awards: Maya Deren Award (1996)
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About Kenneth Anger

Experimental filmmaker with a dark and surrealist style whose work included avant-garde films Fireworks and Lucifer Rising.

Before Fame

He became enthusiastic about film after his mother took him to see a double feature of The Singing Fool and Thunder Over Mexico.

Achievement

He was one of America's first openly gay filmmakers and one of the first to address homosexuality frankly on film.

Family Life

He grew up with a sister named Jean and a brother named Bob.

Associations

He was friends with renowned playwright Tennessee Williams.

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  • The Film Journal. http://www.thefilmjournal.com/issue12/anger.html Review of Alice Hutchison's book on Anger
  • https://artforum.com/inprint/issue=200807&id=20919 Artforum 1000 Words
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