torsdag 4. april 2013

"Catholic Gay Nazi Bikers"


Year: 1964
Country: United States
Number: 416
Director: Kenneth Anger
Starring: Bruce Byron, Johnny Sapienza

Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising is a short experimental film about an underground cult of homosexual bikers, and specially one individual biker named Scorpio. The film features elements from Christianity, Neo-Nazism and the biker subculture, like a comparison between those three cults. The film is a tribute to all subcultures and all the rebels of that time, like Marlon Brando and James Dean. It also has a great soundtrack made up of contemporary pop music, like Elvis, Bobby Vinton and Ricky Nelson, which was rare in movies that time.

It's difficult for most people to see the value in this underground short. But for most film lovers we see the importance and its influence right away. It's an important film that inspired both Martin Scorsese and specially David Lynch. There's the same contrasts in his movies as in Scorpio Rising. And even the song "Blue Velvet" by Bobby Vinton is also featured in this film. Besides that, the movie stands alone with it's great footage and rebellious symbolism, and for those interested, some homoerotic scenes. Thumbs up,

Grade: B

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