It’s very possible that I had not met Kenneth Anger until the premiere of “Scorpio Rising” in 1964. We premiered it at a Filmmakers’ Showcase. Then around that time also he moved to New York, so we had many more occasions to meet and, you know, just one thing I could say right now same as I have said and I will always say about Andy Warhol, there was- there is Warhol was always had great solidarity with the avant-garde and which I was doing especially. He never let me down. I could always go to him. Kenneth is another one of those. He- he- his dedication to the I mean he has been in his background is Hollywood and commercial cinema and they’re all his friends and he admires and idealises many of the stars- but his real heart is in the dedication in his own work is the avant-garde film and he will support and won’t betray, won’t budge, he will be always in there.
He may argue and have a great great list- he says- of enemies, you know there and he has many of them and that he puts curses on and never talks and but that has nothing to do with his dedication and with his also he’s very he’s, he’s very sensitive to if he feels that anybody has some bad, wrong intentions like they come, you know, to okay we will be able to give an interview, he sees immediately that there is, this person is just, you know, came only because he’s considered like controversial, some personality, he just wants to do an article for- he does not do that he just throws- or or when they call me and ask to make the files on Kenneth Anger available for for research I always check with Kenneth, did he check with you? And he tells me, no, no that person, no, don’t and I know when I meet those persons, those people and I see that they’re not the right right people to do an article on Kenneth or to- he’s very sensitive to that kind of thing.
And of course, you know, parts of his life, we don’t know, you know, much some periods and it’s a pity because like we don’t know much on anything what’s his life I don’t know how long he was in Paris but he spent some time in Paris you know, Cocteau was the first one that recognised and wrote about this film, the first no, its not exactly first, fireworks because he has made some other little films before that thought he never released. But we don’t know much, there are you know holes, gaps in many lives of some of the key personalities, artists out there, avant-garde movement.
And I have a real defect in myself, one, I have to admit. I never ask, you know personal questions. So much that if I sometimes I have problems I somebody says, introduces himself or herself the name and then I don’t get and then I’m ashamed, too shy to ask again, and weeks, months, sometimes years pass and I don’t know the name and I meet again and then I somebody sometimes tells me. So I don’t dig into the past into private personal areas of some of my colleagues and friends and because sometimes I feel you know it’s, you know, I should not do that.