Lucifer Rising exists as an intersection between two filmic ideas, and it is within this intersection that the film gains it’s power: more than any other film, Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising is about spectacle and hypnosis.
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Visually masterful with an incredible score to boot. The film itself is almost hypnotic. Loved the locations Anger used. Some really great stuff here and the visualization of occult imagery is haunting and beautiful at the same time.
anger must have seen paradjanov's sayat nova.
now that was a very spiritual trip that is also heavy on images whereas this one is pretty stuck in just images on the surface/theatricality. however it makes sense cause it's dealing with subjects like new age, crowley-occultism. that's also a matter of worshipping the ego and personal image. a dead end it seems but still popular!
Not exactly sure what to make of it...Egyptian god's and pagan rites summoning the Devil, mixed in with all kinds of strange imagery, but it was visually striking and had a great soundtrack to go along with it. Very psychedelic.
As the myth goes Horus did not exact revenge against Seth for murdering his father Osiris, because Horus demonstrated celestial wisdom in understanding that evil is not a force to be eradicated, but rather mastered and balanced in the twin polarities of “good” and “evil.” - James M. Magrini