Oc/cult film and video

Authored by: Anna Powell

The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138950276
eBook ISBN: 9781315668819
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Saturday, November 14, 2007, Filmmuseum, Brussels: Kenneth Anger introduces a screening of Lucifer Rising unfamiliar to cult fans. Bobby Beausoleil’s portentous chords are replaced by the earlier Jimmy Page soundtrack. This new Lucifer is an affective revelation, which sounds and feels very different. Yet the filmmaker’s intriguing background “revelations” do not actually reveal the oc/cult film experience any further. To “occult” means to “shut off from view or exposure”, so this encounter will, of its very nature, stretch analytical thought beyond its limits (Merriam-Webster 2016). An elusive element inevitably escapes the language of critical writing deployed in its pursuit.

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