Double Bill on Costume and Excess (Dedicated to Kenneth Anger)

“Because America is the Pleasure Dome of the world… the materialistic dream is so strong that you have to be of the purity of Parsifal to banish Klingsor’s castle… there’ll always be a penalty to pay for these artificial paradises.” —Kenneth Anger

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
Dir. Kenneth Anger, 1954/1966, 38 mins
With Samson De Brier, Marjorie Cameron, Joan Whitney, Anaïs Nin
Costumes and sets by Kenneth Anger, Samson de Brier, and actors

The Devil is a Woman
Dir. Josef von Sternberg, 1935, 76 mins
With Marlene Dietrich, Cesar Romero, Lionel Atwill
Costumes by Travis Banton, wardrobe by Henry West