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Scorpio Rising (1963)

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

Director:

Kenneth Anger
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Uncredited cast:
Ernie Allo Ernie Allo ... Joker (uncredited)
Bruce Byron Bruce Byron ... Scorpio (uncredited)
Frank Carifi Frank Carifi ... Leo (uncredited)
Steve Crandell Steve Crandell ... Blondie (uncredited)
Johnny Dodds Johnny Dodds ... Kid (uncredited)
Bill Dorfman Bill Dorfman ... Back (uncredited)
Nelson Leigh ... Jesus Christ (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Palone John Palone ... Pinstripe (uncredited)
Barry Rubin Barry Rubin ... Fall Guy (uncredited)
Johnny Sapienza 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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From the underground - the original and wildest film of the Hell's Angels cult!

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Short | Music

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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 »

Connections

Featured in Anger Me (2006) See more »

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Point of No Return
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Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by Gene McDaniels
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One of the best experimental films ever shot
28 March 2006 | by CoreyBoy86See all my reviews

Kenneth Anger's "Scorpio Rising", set to the tune of thirteen 1960's pop songs, ranks as one of the best films ever shot in the experimental genres, which to some people might translate as the best pile of dog poop ever made, but in terms of visual imagery, context, and use of music, it ranks up there as one of the most important films of the 60's. Kenneth Anger's trademarks (outsider as protagonist, homosexual iconography, pop culture looked at in a different light) are at their most poignant here with most memorable scenes set to 'Blue Velvet", "I Will Follow Him", and "Wipe Out". Also classic is the use of clips from Cecil B. DeMille's "King of Kings" of Jesus and his disciples walking superimposed between shots of gay bikers. A classic piece of Americana.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1969 (Denmark) See more »

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Budget:

$16,000 (estimated)
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Puck Film Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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