Kenneth Anger, ‘Puce Moment’, 1949, Anat Ebgi

Puce Moment is a short 6 minute film by Kenneth Anger, author of the Hollywood Babylon books, filmed in 1949. Puce Moment resulted from the unfinished short film Puce Women. The film opens with a camera watching 1920's style flapper gowns being taken off a dress rack. The dresses are removed and danced off the rack to music. (The original soundtrack was Verdi opera music; in the 1960s, Anger re-released the film with a new psychedelic folk-rock soundtrack performed by Jonathan Halper.) A long-lashed woman, Yvonne Marquis, dresses in the purple puce gown and walks to her vanity to apply perfume. She lies on achaise 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.

About Kenneth Anger

American, b. 1927, Santa Monica, California, based in California