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The Kenneth L. Anthony Experimental Films - Adam and Eve Light Show

Kenneth L. Anthony

Silent | 1960s

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  •  Adam and Eve Light Show begins 
  •  Adam is touched by God 
  •  Eve takes the apple 
  •  God rebukes Adam and Eve 
  •  End of staged production 
 
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This experimental film, made by Kenneth Anthony in the late 1960s, records the story of Adam and Eve. It opens with chimpanzees and recreates Michaelangelo’s The Creation of Man. The production follows the traditional telling of the Biblical creation story. Eve accepts an apple, gives it to Adam, and God rebukes the two humans. The rest of the film is a collection of shots: a protest march, a swimsuit competition in a beauty pageant, a demolition derby, a Foreign Legion ceremony, indications of space exploration, and a photography exhibit, among others. These shots may not have been filmed by Anthony and may have been stock footage as they appear to include words in French. According to Anthony, the film was meant to be projected on multiple screens. It seems likely that the story of Adam and Eve would have been on a main screen with the shots from the latter half of the film projected onto accompanying screen or screens.