Friday, July 29, 2011

Scorpio Rising by Kenneth Anger



I just came across Kenneth Anger, part of the pop art movement, whose film Scorpio Rising (1963) is particularly interesting not in the least because the visual aesthetics of the film are still incredibly relevant. Above all this short film reveals - I feel - a fascination for fascism as a fetishistic desire for power. The film is a succession of superimposed shots ranging from leatherwear, fascist uniforms, Jesus, motorbikes & bikers. The erotic culture of the 50s Marlon Brando style archetype is put on display. Anger doesn’t condemn, I don’t think, but is rather making as an observation of cultural imagery.

You just need to have a look at the countless editorials dedicated to Scorpio Rising to see the influence of Anger’s imagery nowadays.
Time to take a look at what else he did, I think... !




Patrick

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