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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.

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Kenneth Anger
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Cast

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1969 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Scorpio rising See more »

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Budget:

$16,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Puck Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Scorpio Rising" was filmed in Brooklyn, New York, in the fall of 1964, with young motorcycle buffs whom Kenneth Anger had met at Coney Island (a big amusement park in Brooklyn), while he was staying at a friend's house in Brooklyn on a visit from France. See more »

Connections

Features The Wild One (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Wind-Up Doll
(uncredited)
Written by Leslie Merrill
Performed by Peggy March
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Butch bikers or closet queers?
30 March 2001 | by MWadmanSee 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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