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7.9
/10
1,504 Ratings

Scorpio Rising

Directed by Kenneth Anger
United States, 1963
Avant-Garde, Short, LGBT+

Synopsis

A conjuration of the presiding Princes, Angels and Spirits of MARS, formed as a “high” view of the Myth of the American Motorcyclist. The Power Machine seen as tribal totem, from toy to terror. Thanatos in chrome and black leather and bursting jeans.

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Scorpio Rising Directed by Kenneth Anger

Critics reviews

Slinking in after a grandstanding finale, Scorpio slides down the gullet like a dank aperitif, echoing the fetishistic fixation on teenage rebellion and hip-wiggling beats of its predecessor.
August 08, 2018
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With its blistering rock and roll soundtrack, Kenneth Anger’s 1963 film Scorpio Rising – his twelfth short in 23 years – could be seen as a prelude to the music video. Its stress on stimulating and engaging imagery – at times only marginally related to the music – further builds on the correlation. Yet few music videos, if any, have achieved this type of widespread admiration, or expressed this type of analytical potential.
March 14, 2015
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The film features images of biker culture, S&M and Nazi paraphernalia against a backdrop of 50s and 60s rock & roll classics (Ricky Nelson, The Shangri-Las). Instead of labeling SCORPIO RISING as fascist propaganda, the film should be treated as an open text, revealing a hierarchy of hidden meanings and associations within every signifier of mass culture.
February 21, 2014
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