Kenneth Anger, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, 1954
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome is a short 38 minute film by Kenneth Anger, filmed in 1954. According to Anger, the film takes the name “pleasure dome” from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem Kubla Khan. The original edition soundtrack is a complete performance of Glagolitic Mass by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček. The film uses some footage of the Hell sequence from the 1911 Italian silent film L’Inferno. Near the end, scenes from Anger’s earlier film Puce Moment are interpolated into the layered images and faces.
- “The Films of Kenneth Anger Vol. One”, Doug Pratt