MASQUE OF HOTEL ORIENT
Moody lament of romantic longing and regret written and performed here by Tav Falco for the "Shadow Dancer" album. Under the direction of Rainer Kirberg, the piece was filmed at the notorious Hotel Orient in Vienna, a discreet bordello frequented by Orson Welles & Graham Green during the filming of the Carol Reed classic, "The Third Man".
Featuring the Viennese stage and screen luminary, Ellen Umlauf, who began her career in dance, becoming a prima ballerina before entering acting. She has appeared in nulerous films and stage productions in Germany and in Vienna at the Burg Theatre.
Also featured is the pioneer underground filmmaker and author Kenneth Anger appearing as himself... shuffling a deck of tarot cards and presiding over the bizarre transformation of Tav Falco into the dagger whipping character of FANTÔMAS. Kenneth Anger was a child actor in Hollywood in the 1930s and later the creator of such celebrated and daring underground films as the masturbatory "Fireworks" (which he crafted at age 17), and the seminal motorcycle cult movie, "Scorpio Rising", and "Invocation of My Demon Brother" (featuring Marianne Faithful and with music by Mick Jagger), plus "Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome" (with Anaïs Nin). He is perhaps as famous for his books of movie industry scandal, gossip, and intrigue ~ namely, Hollywood Babylon and Hollywood Babylon II. The former was first published in France in 1960 and the United States a decade later, and has become a worldwide bestseller that is, in the words of Susan Sontag, "as legendary as its subject". Anger remains an active and meticulous filmmaker living in Hollywood, California.