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Scorpio Rising: The 1964 Los Angeles Obscenity Trial

18 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

In the Spring of 1964, Los Angeles theater manager Michael A. Getz was arrested and placed on trial for screening Kenneth Anger‘s Scorpio Rising. Below are several articles the Underground Film Journal has found that follow the progression of the case.

From the Los Angeles Times, March 3, 1964:

Festival Entry Scheduled for Cinema’s Screen

Hallelujah the Hills,” American entry at the first New York Film Festival last September, will begin an engagement at the Cinema Theater on Wednesday.

The comedy also represented the U.S. at Cannes, Montreal, Locarno, Mannheim, and London.

This comedy which stars Peter H. Beard, Sheila Finn, Marty Greenbaum and Peggy Steffans was shot in Vermont.

“Scorpio Rising,” a short subject will accompany the feature.

From the Los Angeles Times, March 21, 1964:

Anger’s ‘Fireworks’ Screening at Cinema

The Cinema Theater has added “Fireworks” by Kenneth Anger to its current bill featuring “Hallelujah the Hills. »

- Mike Everleth

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The Lid’s Off Morality! Hollywood Gets Word

11 June 2017 10:58 PM, PDT

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From the Salt Lake Tribune, March 26, 1964

By Philip K. Scheuer

© Los Angeles Times

Hollywood, March 25 — The lid’s off.

That’s the word around Hollywood.

This goes not only for sex morality but for other moralities as well — like respect for the established institutions of government.

Defiant Climate

Some reasons given: (1) families pay lip service to family pictures but seldom enough admissions at the box office to pay off; (2) the success of frank foreign imports and even the nudies ground out at home; (3) the same old competition with television, sports, etc.; (4) the general climate of defiance of convention in the mediums of art and communications, including plays, novels, periodicals and even TV itself, and (5) most of all, dollars and cents.

A good deal that is happening is happening because the edges of artistry and pornography are constantly growing more blurred; or, if you will, »

- Mike Everleth

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