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  (in alphabetical order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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
(in alphabetical order)
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)
Other crew
Tony Bandusk .... location assistant
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28 min
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Kenneth Anger has said that "Scorpio Rising" was "the closest I've ever come to a documentary, but I was just filming what was happening."See more »
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Blue Velvet Underground, 27 January 2012
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

One of Kenneth Anger's most popular and thematically accessible short films, "Scorpio Rising" consists of a series of montage images overlain by thirteen pop songs of the early 1960s. The film expresses nonconformist themes that herald the onset of the American counterculture movement. As the visuals focus on a group of New York City motorcyclists, viewers perceive a bohemian lifestyle, a nihilistic subtext, elements of erotica, and an amusing sense of irony from the juxtaposition of images and music.

There is no plot, no dialogue, no sets, no acting. Anger simply records on camera what he finds as he happens onto these bikers, who are not actors. Sans music, the film could easily be thought of as a polished home movie. It conveys a sense of realism and frankness. Cinematography is somewhat grainy; colors are muted. There are many close-up camera shots, and quite a few extreme close-ups.

The music gives thematic depth to the images and imposes varying moods and feelings, not the least of which is nostalgia, along with melancholy, lost childhood, rebellion, humor, and just a hint of fatalism. Probably one of the better sequences is the Bobby Vinton recording of "Blue Velvet" recorded over images of a couple of young guys who don their biker uniforms. A sequence or two in the middle seems either unnecessary or out of place. Editing is a bit fast and erratic in the second half.

Prospective viewers should expect the unexpected, given that "Scorpio Rising" is a 1960s underground film. It is definitely different. This is one of several that Anger made, all experimental. In retrospect, he can be thought of as a poetic visionary whose cultural influence is still being felt in the 21st century, especially in cinema.

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