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Scorpio Rising (1964)

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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Ernie Allo ...
Joker (uncredited)
Bruce Byron ...
Scorpio (uncredited)
Frank Carifi ...
Leo (uncredited)
Steve Crandell ...
Blondie (uncredited)
Johnny Dodds ...
Kid (uncredited)
Bill Dorfman ...
Back (uncredited)
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Jesus Christ (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Palone ...
Pinstripe (uncredited)
Barry Rubin ...
Fall Guy (uncredited)
Johnny Sapienza ...
Taurus (uncredited)
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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this underground film by cult director Anger. Written by <cl_navarro@infonie.fr>

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According to Kenneth Anger, Scorpio is the zodiac sign that rules both the sex organs and machinery, so it seemed like a good choice for the title. "Rising" implies the astrological term "ascendant." See more »

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Hit the Road Jack
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Written by Percy Mayfield
Performed by Ray Charles
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Butch bikers or closet queers?
30 March 2001 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews



What is significant about this text is that Anger got many of the shots from the initiation rites of American biker gangs. As such, the butch ruggedness of these ostensibly "straight" men is conflated with the none-too-subtle homoeroticism of their rites--which leads the viewer to question the rigid dichotomies of "straight" and "gay" that dominate North American social discourse.

Also of significance is the extent to which, by appropriating "butch markers" such as leather and motorcycles, the homoeroticism undermines the stereotypicality of the "nelly" homosexual male.

Not a terribly accessible text, but it becomes pregnant with significance for the viewer who does a little background reading first.


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