Tinsel Tree (1942)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Run Time - 3 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Made when Kenneth Anger was only 14 years old, Tinsel Tree was a short that demonstrated his early disdain for the Christmas season. Anger shows the Christmas tree as it is decorated in a series of close-ups, then the post-Christmas tree is shown burning in a garbage can colored in a burst of hand-painted gold flame. Although circulated on 16 mm through 1967, Anger then withdrew Tinsel Tree. It is possible that the film no longer exists, but it may be among a few extant titles that Anger has stated he prefers not to show. From written descriptions, the connectivity of this very-short short to Kenneth Anger's later work is obvious.