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Invocation of My Demon Brother

UK, 1969 (MIFF 1971, Programme 40)

Director: Kenneth Anger

An idiosyncratic exploration of the world of magic using its raw materials: stigmata, scarabs and weird symbolism, by a magician cum director.

This elusive film has a soundtrack by Mick Jagger on Moog Synthesizer and a cast of wand bearers, a Magus, His Satanic Majesty and Lucifer himself.

Kenneth Anger is an important force in creative cinema and his ''Invocation” has a sense of vitality that is integral, yet inexplicable in terms of the complex symbolism he uses.

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