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Rebel Without a Cause: The Exploits of Patricia Hearst


“Around 9 o’clock in the evening on February 4, 1974, there was a knock on the door of apartment #4 at 2603 Benvenue Street in Berkeley, California. In burst a group of men and women with their guns drawn. They grabbed a surprised 19-year-old college student named Patty Hearst, beat up her fiancé, threw her in the trunk of their car and drove off.”

-Federal Bureau of Investigation

It’s been over 10 years since the charges against publishing heiress Lydia Hearst were officially pardoned. The world would rock and shake in 1974 with news that the granddaughter of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst had been kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army- dangerous domestic terrorists who had proclaimed war on the United States of America- creating an instant sensation across the Nation.

“I was horrified and I’m still horrified.”

Patty would be driven to extremes while held in captivity, where she was ultimately brainwashed into joining her captors. In fact, thirty plus years later, Patty has become the pop cultural icon for Stockholm Syndrome.

When you see the surveillance photos of the young mousy heiress screaming at customers at Hibernia Bank holding her own assault weapons- she definitely looks the part, a poster child for the revolution. Very ‘Prada Meinhoff’ – radical chic. “California Heiress renounces her blood lines and wants to fight for freedom”- SENSATION!

Hearst Castle, San Simeon CA.

The brainwashing would also lead her to drop the Patty and become “Tania” (OK?).

Patty would go through hell and back being the only member of the SLA who would be put on trial for the crimes. Talk about sensationalism. Having gone through physical and sexual abuse, as well as typical signs of “Stockholm Syndrome” prevelant, Hearst would serve 22 months in prison before being released by President Jimmy Carter February 1, 1979.

We can only imagine the emotions Patty went through then, and to this day. How different could this young beauty’s life have been?

Fashion people LOVE a good story, so it’s no surprise Patty’s drop dead gorgeous daughter Lydia was able to make a splash in the fashion world. Possessing Patty’s unique bone structure, her daughter has been adding fresh vitality and positivity to the Hearst name for the good part of the 21st Century.

Hearst. The name that just keeps giving! (Glad that she changed her name back to Patty).


“ROSEBUD”

[Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane”]

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. STYLE IDOL: Speak of the Devil! Kenneth Anger’s Fornication with Fashion!

portrait of kenneth anger

Well, well…what have we here? Come back for some more?!

While we’re on the topic of Devils, it seems, we couldn’t resist bringing you this little niblit of the Film & Style Divine. Kenneth Anger. From “Invocation of My Demon Brother”, to “Fireworks”, “Lucifer Rising” , “Scorpio Rising”, and “Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome” – this auteur to the max has brought to the world an esoteric, rebellious, and divine sensibility to all of his works.

Inaugaration of the Pleasure Dome- Vintage

Inspiration we are still reaping today! Take for instance, Ryan Gosling’s iconic gold satin jacket with scorpion on the back in 2011’s “Drive” – it was Kenneth Anger’s “Scorpio Rising”, an experimental film made by Anger in 1963 about bikers, the occult, the underground, Catholicism, and Nazism that inspired the logo that would become synonymous with Gosling’s “Driver” character.

Scorpio Rising

gold satin jacket from Drive

Kenneth Anger- Scorpio Rising- Detail

Throughout his work you can see his love for cinema, for art, for style, for fashion, for creative people that don’t see the world the way other people do. People who gather together to be the truest, and most extreme versions of themselves they can be. It takes a true creative mastermind to bring that into fruition.

Blending the world of the occult with pop culture and art-house cinema, Anger’s films are all one-of-a-kind, kaleidoscopic dreams (and sometimes nightmares).

Scorpio Rising- Dandy

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For instance, take “Invocation of My Demon Brother” from 1969. With music by Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones Mick, Yes), and cameos by some of 1960s California’s most notorious esoteric celebrities including Founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey (making yet another appearance here at EOF), and Bobby Beausoleil (later charged in committing a first degree murder with members of the “Manson Family ).

Invocation of My Demon Brother” is a rare glimpse into a dark underground world, as well as a visual poem to the horrors of War, humanity, and nature itself.

invocation of my demon brother

There’s nothing really to be scared of here. Just a bunch of Hocus-Pocus…Movie MAGIC, if you will. It’s really lucky to recieve an entire commentary on the film by the artist himself, as there are not many interviews with the often recluse director.

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kenneth-anger-the light prince of darkness

Anger usually centres his work on ideas of the divine, spiritual, decadent, sexual, and supernatural. The now 86 year old auteur (Happy Belated! His birthday was February 3)  got his start in the glorious heydays of Hollywood Babylon itself, as the Changeling Prince in Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle’s 1935 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

Having seen the ins and outs of Hollywood and such a young age- a land full of magic, glamour, decadence, and of course, EVIL – it is fantastic to invite yourself into a Kenneth Anger piece, as you can always leave from it feeling a certain “je ne sais quoi”, as the French would say.

Lucifer Rising- Kenneth Anger

lucifer rising- egyptian gods- kenneth anger

Scorpio Rising- Rebel Rousing

Inaugaration of the Pleasure Dome-Anger

The French, and Europe in general, have always lauded this Prince of Darkness for his unique dark styles, as well as humor (yes, Humor!). Though it took upward of 40 years (40 YEARS!!!), the Fashion World finally seemed ready to let out a little Anger, and the American Auteur was given the helms of a short fashion video for Missoni’s “A/W 2010-2011.

We’re having that “je ne sais quoi” type of feeling again, how about you? If you want to learn more about the dark Prince of style you can visit his official website here. And to buy his masterworks, click here.

Inaugaration of the Pleasure Dome- Kenneth Anger

Until next time,

{theEye}

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Music Minute: If I Had A Hammer – Peter, Paul and Mary (1963)


August 28th, 1963; Peter, Paul and Mary perform at the Civil Rights March on Washington.  A beyond historic moment, and quite the melody to ring out Freedom.

“If we had a hammer, we would want to hammer out danger, we’d hammer out a warning, we’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land.”


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