Lucifer Rising (film)

Lucifer Rising (film)

"Lucifer Rising" is a short film by director Kenneth Anger. The film was completed in 1972 but was only widely distributed in 1980.



Anger began filming around 1966, hiring a young musician named Bobby Beausoleil to act and compose the soundtrack. The film was abandoned in 1967 because Anger claimed the film footage had been stolen by Beausoleil. (Beausoleil and others said that Anger had simply spent all the money for the film.)

Anger then used some of the existing footage in another short film, "Invocation of My Demon Brother". Beausoleil was convicted of killing Gary Hinman under the orders of Charles Manson in 1970.

Anger began filming again several years later, with British singer Marianne Faithfull appearing in the film. Chris Jagger, brother of Mick Jagger, had a falling out with Anger during the filming and most of his parts were excised from the final product. Beausoleil wrote and recorded the music in prison.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who composed a soundtrack for the film which was ultimately unused, makes a brief appearance. A bearded Page holds an Egyptian stele while gazing at a portrait of occultist Aleister Crowley. Crowley associate Gerald Yorke is credited as "Thelemic consultant."


Soundtrack album

Lucifer Rising
Soundtrack album by Bobby Beausoleil and The Freedom Orchestra
Released 1981 (CD reissue 2005)
Recorded 1976-1979
Genre Soundtrack
Length 42:55
Label Disgust Records
Producer Kenneth Anger
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Soundtrack listing

Lucifer Rising: The Soundtrack Album
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Part I"   Beausoleil 4:10
2. "Part II"   Beausoleil 5:57
3. "Part III"   Beausoleil 5:43
4. "Part IV"   Beausoleil 1:44
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Part V"   Beausoleil 15:44
6. "Part VI"   Beausoleil 10:14


  • Kenneth Anger - liner notes, photos
  • Bobby Beausoleil - electric guitar, bass guitar, liner notes, label design, photos
  • Toby Dammit - art direction, design
  • Steve Grogan - electric guitar
  • Richard Sutton - keyboards, Fender Rhodes
  • Andy Thurston - drums
  • Tim Wills - Fender Rhodes
  • Page Wood - poster design
  • Michael Moynihan - liner notes (2005 Arcanum reissue)

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