The Love That Whirls (1949)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Countries - Mexico  |  
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The Love That Whirls was based on a passage found in The Golden Bough, the pioneering anthropology book by Sir James George Frazer. In sum, a boy is declared a god for a year, and ultimately serves as a king. But at the end of the year, he is sacrificed. This was shot in Mexico, and the climactic scene would have featured an Aztec-style human sacrifice conducted mostly in the nude. The information above is based upon Kenneth Anger's own description of this project, and that will have to suffice, as no one has ever seen this movie -- not even Anger himself. After wrestling the raw stock from Mexican customs officials who sought to seize it, the Eastman Kodak laboratory that processed the film refused to return it to Anger on the grounds that it was pornographic. It is presumed that The Love That Whirls was destroyed then and there.