At the Hammer: Filmmaker Kenneth Anger on Aleister Crowley

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What went down in your head?
Ohhhh, Miiiiisssssstahhh Croooowleeeeeey,
Did you talk to the dead?

Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I was writing a post.

This Thursday night, the Hammer is presenting a free lecture called Do What Thou Wilt: Kenneth Anger on Aleister Crowley and the Occult. Apparently the avant-garde filmmaker once dabbled in Crowley’s Thelema religion, and many of his films actually reference the occult.

This event complements the Hammer’s Houseguest series, which invites artists to curate a show based on the diverse collections of the University of California, Los Angeles. This time around, LA-based artist Francesca Gabbiani gave it a whirl and wound up exploring sorcery and witchcraft.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a serious air-guitar solo to get back to.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Randy Rhoads!

2 Replies to “At the Hammer: Filmmaker Kenneth Anger on Aleister Crowley”

  1. Thanks, this sounds very interesting. Many of us who are Led Zeppelin fans learned about Crowley by reading about Jimmy Page’s fascination with him in a bio of Led Zeppelin coincidentally titled “Hammer of the Gods.” It’s funny how we learn about things. I also learned classical music from Bugs Bunny.

  2. It sounds pretty awesome. There is a new movie coming to the Landmark Theatre coming this Friday called Tokyo! which is also pretty awesome.

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