Scorpio Rising

Scorpio Rising ★★★★★

The hypocrisy of the American fascist. Obviously not as beautiful or sweeping or abstract as The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954) but more aggressive and far more gestalt. This feels like it was made to say something specific, probably about how annoying and dimwitted the epidemic of nazi aestheticians was in the underground queer culture of America, with which Anger was very much affiliated (and in a lot of ways represented.) This problem persists today but mostly on the internet where everything annoying and dimwitted is exacerbated 100 fold by the ease with which you can be instantly exposed to it on a large-scale multiple times very easily, so good on Anger for hitting the gay nail on the gay head making something that holds up well.

I miss the insanity of the pleasure dome but I also welcome the standoffishness that this brings to the table. Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially its wacky soundtrack, and will definitely be continuing with Anger's short films. Dude just fucking gets being a homo on a level I've never really seen before, so all these really speak to me personally. Thank you Kenneth

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