Scorpio Rising (1964)

Original Title : Scorpio Rising
Director : Kenneth Anger
Genre : Short
Country : USA
Language : Music Only
Distributor : Canyon Cinema
IMDB ID : 0058555
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Scorpio Rising (1964) - Kenneth Anger


Bruce Byron Scorpio
Ernie Allo Joker
Frank Carifi Leo
Steve Crandell Blondie
Johnny Dodds Kid
Bill Dorfman Back
John Palone Pinstripe
Barry Rubin Fall Guy
Johnny Sapienza Taurus


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.


Butch bikers or closet queers?, 30 March 2001 Author: MWadman ( from Vancouver, BC 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.