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Scorpio Rising
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10 October 1969 (Denmark) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Butch bikers or closet queers? See more (20 total) »

Cast

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Ernie Allo ... Joker (uncredited)
Bruce Byron ... Scorpio (uncredited)
Frank Carifi ... Leo (uncredited)
Steve Crandell ... Blondie (uncredited)
Johnny Dodds ... Kid (uncredited)
Bill Dorfman ... Back (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Jesus Christ (uncredited) (archive footage)
John Palone ... Pinstripe (uncredited)
Barry Rubin ... Fall Guy (uncredited)
Johnny Sapienza ... Taurus (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Anger 
 
Writing credits
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Kenneth Anger  uncredited
Ernest D. Glucksman 

Produced by
Ernest D. Glucksman .... producer
Arthur P. Schmidt .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Brooks 
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Anger (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Kenneth Anger (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Kay (uncredited)
 
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Tony Bandusk .... location assistant
 
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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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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Butch bikers or closet queers?, 30 March 2001
Author: MWadman (mwadman@hotmail.com) from Vancouver, BC



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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