The Alternative Screen
Filmed in France in 1950, Rabbit’s Moon is a tragic tale derived from thecommedia dell’arte byunderground filmmaker Kenneth Anger's U.S. post-war avant-garde film and writer, born in Santa Monica, California on February 3, 1927.
Precursors of the video, psychedelic and gay cinema, his films are amix of experience magic rituals, esoteric symbolism, visual poetry and pop sensibility.
His work was strongly influenced by the writings of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) occult magician, philosopherand poet, author of the Book of Law and founder of the Order of Thelema, which Anger is a follower.
The influence of his work reached the works of Martin Scorsese, Rainer Fassbinder and Davd Lynch, toAndy Warhol and pop music videos for MTV, was one of the most important experimental writers of past eras.
Undaunted by his constant struggle to secure support for his increasingly ambitiousprojects, Anger brilliantly reworked his finished films, condensing and intensifying their imagery and structure in a process that culminated in the third “Sacred Mushroom” version of his then longestwork, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, now expanded by ecstatic superimpositions that brilliantly reinvent the film, frame by frame. Over time Anger subtly reworked his films into the sequence that hewould later name his Magick Lantern Cycle, using the preferred spelling of his spiritual mentor Aleister Crowley, and placing at its center his most celebrated work, Scorpio Rising, both a brilliantdocumentary of a Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang and a profound meditation on the dark intermingling of fascism, religion and popular culture. Anger’s subsequent films pushed the ritualistic aspects of hiscinema to a further extreme following his increased engagement with Satanist practices and a group of practitioners that included Bobby Beausoleil, a member of the Manson Family who appeared...