“The Devil’s Carnival 2: The Librarian” is teaser for the upcoming second installment in The Devil’s Carnival. It is also a completely true and accurate representation of my typical day at the Hermetic Library, sitting near the restricted stacks and…
“The Wormwood Star” is a “short film of the artist/ocultist Marjorie Cameron by Curtis Harrington” included on The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection, including Marjorie Cameron reading her own poetry and the only surviving images of some of her…
West of Memphis
West Of Memphis is the “true story centering on the new investigation surrounding the the 1993…
Theatric Arcana is a tumblog which appears to be a collaboration between Dakota Crane (aka…
"A goddess born from the sea. A white egg that turns black. A serpent man, a spider woman, and a murder. Sanctum and Sacrum opens a portal between the ancient world of myth and symbol and the banal pastels of a Florida apartment. It is a matrix of transformation, in which the lives of two couples intersect via a web made out of ritual, symbol and the ever-present origin of myth.”
“Jacques de Beaufort has created a 67 minute digital poem that continues from where Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Robert Graves left off. He cuts into the cool pastels of the Florida suburbs with the serrated edges of ancient myth and symbol. This film is the first from a multi-media genius, and it presages even greater things to come. He is a talent to watch carefully.” — John David Ebert
"I’m not looking for a friend. I’m looking for a Jedi master!"
"Empty your mind
Be formless, shapeless
Water can flow
Or it can crash
Be water my friend
Running water never goes stale
So you gotta just keep on flowing
You have to train
You have to keep your reflexes
So that when you want it, it’s there
When you want to move, you’re moving
I mean you gotta put the whole hip into it
Snap it, snap it
Become one with the *
You better train every part of your body
Running water never goes stale
So you gotta just keep on flowing
Under the sky
Under the heaven
There is but one family
Do not believe in styles
Styles separate man
It’s a process of continuing growth”
"Directed by Victor Halperin (1932)
Starring Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn
After arriving in Haiti to meet her fiance, a blushing bride-to-be is quickly transformed into a pallid, soulless body by creepy voodoo master Lugosi, at the behest of a jealous rival who desires her. Made for $50,000 in 11 days in 1932, this interesting horror film relies more on visuals and atmosphere than dialogue. One of LugosiÂs best films from the classic era of horror.”
Great Ball at Satan’s from a screen adaptation of The Master and Margarita
"Vladimir Bortko has become the first Russian film director to start shooting of renowned Bulgakov’s novel and not to stop half-way. All the others Russian directors once engaged in the production of Master and Margaret have actually turned out to be unable to finalize their projects. The rumors say, it is due to some mysticism… The Master and Margaret begins with two story lines: the Devil and his retinue show up to make mischief in 1930’s Moscow while Matthew the Evangelist attempts to uncover the truth about Pontius Pilate and the Crucifixion of Jesus in Jerusalem in A. D. 33. Halfway through the novel, Bulgakov unveils a third story line set in Moscow, in which the love-stricken Margarita bargains with the Devil to be reunited with her lover, the Master, a tormented writer-hero who pines away in an insane asylum. Bulgakov gradually weaves the three scenarios together, all the while exercising devilish lampoonery and wit to satirize Soviet life under Stalin. Because public discussions of religion and critiques of the government had long been punishable by a trip to the gulag, the themes addressed in Master and Margaret very rarely surfaced in the Soviet Union: many Soviet citizens read the Gospel story for the first time in Bulgakov’s narrative.” [via]
"You are dead, but alive. I support you as you walk. Your spirit is dead. Your spirit is now mine. It is my strength that moves your limbs."
Werner Herzog talks about the jungle. From Burden of Dreams, about the making of Fitzcarraldo. [HT Erik Davis]
"Nature here is violent, base. I wouldn’t see anything erotical here. I would see fornication and asphyxiation and choking and fighting for survival and growing and, just, rotting away. Of course there is a lot of misery, but it is the same misery that is all around us. The trees here are in misery. The birds are in misery. I don’t think they sing. They just screech in pain.
It’s a unfinished country. It is prehistorical. The only thing that is lacking is the dinosaur, yeah. It is like a curse laying on the entire landscape. And whoever goes too deep into this, has his share of that curse. So, we are cursed with what we are doing here. It’s a land that God, if he exists, has created in anger. It’s the only land where creation is unfinished yet. Taking a close look at what’s around us, there is some sort of a harmony. It is the harmony of overwhelming and collective murder. And we, in comparison to the articulate vileness and baseness and obscenity of all this jungle, we in comparison to that enormous articulation, we only sound and look like badly pronounced and half-finished sentences out of a stupid suburban novel, a cheap novel. And we have to become humble in front of this overwhelming misery and overwhelming fornication and overwhelming growth and overwhelming lack of order. Even the stars, the stars appear in the sky, look like a mess. There is no harmony in the universe. We have to get acquainted to this idea that there is no real harmony as we have conceived it. But, when I say this, I say this all full of admiration for the jungle. It is not that I hate it. I love it. I love it very much. But, I love it against my better judgement.”
This is a trailer for a film night event being held in Los Angeles, CA organized in part by Jacqueline Elaine Gomez, a frequent contributor to the Hermetic Library visual pool, and the person behind The Church of Anthrax and the Tree Altars project.
"MISS M.E. & Jacqueline Elaine Gomez are pleased to have guest curator Astral Eyes present a night of psychedelic sights and sounds.
Astral Eyes has dug up from the depths ov his insane collection, the very rarely seen 1973 Japanese animated feature film, Kanashimi no Belladonna or Belladonna of Sadness.
Directed and co-written by Eiichi Yamamoto inspired by Jules Michelet’s non-fiction book Satanism and Witchcraft, first published in 1862.
A hand painted water color psychedelic explosion!
Its the story of Jeanne, a peasant woman who is raped which leads to her being accused of witchcraft.
This film contains some of the most graphic and suggestively erotic, violent and beautiful psychedelic imagery ever seen.
As if that is not enough, we are pleased to have a special performance by Mira Billotte, WHITE MAGIC. Who will be performing an enchanting set just for this screening.
To keep the night charmed there will be sonic serenades
GUY (Entrance Band)
Doors @ 8:30
WHITE MAGIC performs at 9pm
BELLADONNA to follow
120 N Santa Fe 90012”