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10 October 1969 (Denmark) See more »
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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  (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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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A film of Perversion, Sub Culture, and Brilliance, 12 October 1999
Author: mr.smith-2

When Jonas Mekas, Alfred Leslie, etc sat down to compose the mainfesto of "The New American Cinema" in 1961, the amount of films made under this artistic statement doubled. Out of this period, we see the creation of some of the greatest underground films the world has seen. Taylor Meed's The Flower Thief, Bruce Conner's A Movie and Report, and most importantly Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising.

Scorpio Rising's devices are fundementally simple-didactic montage, ironic sountracks, and archival footage. What seperates SR from the realm of mediocre is its deep underooted message of sexual perversion, S&M, and the cruelty of sexuality to a point of Nazist ideology. Scenes such as young man with a smile on his face being "raped" by leather clad bikers is a point of sadio-estasy. To say that SR is not a 22 min. perversion is to ignore its fundemental principles and the principles of its filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Anger has emerged himselfin both the terror of the haunte monde of Hollywood in the 30's (hence the birth of his hugely read Hollywood Babylon- a study as perverse as SR) and the drug and sexually illusioned world of the 50's/60's lower bohemia.

Scorpio Rising is a film of a generation. As Allen Ginsberg put it: "a generation starved on madness". It's signifigance ranks up there with Keroauc, Ginsberg, and Burroughs. Anger's film is a portrait of a world so far from our 90's train of thought- yet so strikingly fimiliar.

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