Puce Moment

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Puce Moment
Directed by Kenneth Anger
Starring Yvonne Marquis
Music by Jonathan Halper
Release date
  • 1949 (1949)
Running time
6 mins
Country United States

Puce Moment is a short 6-minute film by Kenneth Anger. Filmed in 1949, Puce Moment resulted from the unfinished short film Puce Women. The film opens with a camera watching 1920s-style flapper gowns being taken off a dress rack. The dresses are removed and danced off the rack to music. A long-lashed woman, Yvonne Marquis, dresses in the purple puce gown and walks to her vanity to apply perfume. She lies on a chaise longue which then begins to move around the room and eventually out to a patio. Borzois appear and she prepares to take them for a walk.

Production[edit]

The original soundtrack was Verdi opera music; in 1970, Anger re-released the film with a new psychedelic folk-rock soundtrack performed by Jonathan Halper.

The gowns used were owned by Anger's grandmother, who had been a costume designer in the silent film era.[1] The interior shots were filmed in the house of Sampson De Brier, a silent film actor, who later appeared in Anger's Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954). The exterior shots of the patio were filmed at the house of Max Rapp, who was an orchestra contractor at Universal Pictures. The house had been built by Wallace Beery in 1924 and was one of the first Hollywood Mansions in the Hollywood Dell.

Anger attempts to recreate silent era style by using alternating camera speeds. Curtis Harrington was a cinematographer on the film.

Yvonne Marquis, who was Anger's cousin,[2] moved to Mexico shortly after the film was made. Anger claims Marquis was a mistress to Lázaro Cárdenas, the Former President of Mexico.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kehr, Dave (23 January 2007). "New DVDs: Films of Kenneth Anger and Samurai Classics". New York Times. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Lewis, David. "Movies: Puce Moment (1949)". New York Times. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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