Production info

Lucifer Rising
USA/UK/Germany, 1981

Donald Cammell, Marianne Faithfull, Myriam Gibril
Directed by Kenneth Anger


Kenneth Anger's "Lucifer Rising" is inspired by the works of the notorious occultist Aleister Crowley and illustrates a transcendental journey through cinematic manipulation of time and space involving specific sites of transcendence and a key to get there. The actors in this visual spectacle are recognizable mythical figures such as Lucifer, Lilith, Isis and Osiris. A large number of the scenes concern communication between Isis and Osiris through the forces of nature, provoking meteorological reactions in preparation for Lucifer's arrival. Lightning issues forth from the staffs and emblems of the deities and nature replies with rosy dawns, whirlpools, and emissions of molten rock, while the sun goes into eclipse. A large number of the scenes involving rituals of worship were actually filmed on location in Egypt. The music score was composed by Bobby Beausoleil while serving a prison sentence for murder.

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