El Especto Rojo (1903) by Segundo de Chomón

Sunday, April 7, 1985, 8:00 pm

Magic and the Occult


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

Films: El Especto Rojo (1903), prod. by Pathe Bros., possibly by Georges Méliès, hand-tinted; Invocation Of My Demon Brother (1969) by Kenneth Anger; Heaven & Earth Magic Feature (#12) by Harry Smith

A program celebrating cinemagicians and alchemists. El Especto Rojo (The Red Specter) features a brilliantly colored devil performing miraculous transformations. Invocation… is Anger’s macabre paean to Lucifer (played by Bobby Beausoleil), accompanied by a daemonic soundtrack composed by Mick Jagger on the Moog Synthesizer. “The shadowing forth of Lord Lucifer, as the Powers gather at a midnight mass.” — K.A. Harry Smith’s Heaven & Earth is one of the monumental achievements of collage-animation, compiled and organized over a period of 30 years. With relentless energy, Smith spins a sixty-minute web of outrageous and mystifying metamorphoses, with Victorian images performing strange gestures and rituals to even stranger sounds.