pleasure dome

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome is a short 38 minute film by Kenneth Anger, author of the Hollywood Babylon books, filmed in 1954. Anger created a new version of this film in 1966 which he called the "Sacred Mushroom Edition". According to Anger, the film takes the name "pleasure dome" from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's atmospheric poem Kubla Khan. Anger was inspired to make the film after attending a Halloween party called "Come as your Madness.

The film – primarily the 1966 revision – was widely played in American universities during the 1960's by people using LSD and magic mushrooms.

The soundtrack is a complete performance of Glagolitic Mass by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854-1928).


  1. David Curtis, Expermental Film (New York: Dell Books/Delta, 1972)

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