Scorpio Rising

1962 - 1964

Dir. Kenneth Anger, 16mm Color Sound 00:28:00

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Anger made Scorpio Rising to invoke the breaking away from and purging of the old 'sin sickened' age by violence, destruction and death, leading to insurrection in the New Age. He saw pop songs, drug use, motorcycle cultists, the teenage fad of Nazi symbols and so on, as strong manifestations of demonic forces ... Scorpio is a portrait of violence, an exercise in black humor, a document of motorcycle cultists, and one spectacular death wish - 'a hymn to Thanatos.' [Source: Filmforum program, 1976]