Anger, a highschool student who had grown up on Hollywood's sanitized images, filled Fireworks with his hidden fantasies, complete with the bald sexuality inherent in the images of cowboys, test pilots and, in this case, sailors, images that dominated the dreams of millions." (Russo. 597-98) DVD 6870; vhs 979 Scorpio rising (1964, 28 min.) -- Kustom kar kommandos (1965, 3 min.) -- Invocation of my demon brother (1969, 12 min.) -- Rabbit's moon (1979 version, 7 min.) -- Lucifer rising (1981, 29 min.) Scorpio rising: Bruce Byron, Johnny Sapienza, Frank Carifi, John Palone, Ernie Allo, Barry Rubin, Steve Crandell ; Kustom kar kommandos: Sandy Trent ; Invocation of my demon brother: Lenore Kandel and William, Kenneth Anger, Van Leuven, Harvey Bialy and Timotha, Anton Szandor La Vey, Bobby Beau Soleil ; Rabbit's moon: Andre Soubeyran, Claude Revenant, Nadine Valence ; Lucifer rising: Miriam Gabril, Donald Cammell, Haydn Couts, Kenneth Anger, Sir Francis Rose, Marianne Faithfull, Leslie Huggins. A high view of the myth of the American motorcyclist and the machine as totem from toy to terror.
Eaux d'artifice portrays hide and seek in a night-time labyrinth of levels, cascades, balustrades, grottoes and fountains.The film examines the familiar theme of a man's search for his identity. With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick, Adam, and Ralph each has his own reason for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney.Felix is forced toconfront the anger he feels toward his father forabandoning him, and the fear and shame he feels, living as an outsider in a predominantly straight, Caucasian world. Christening their battered pink tour bus "Priscilla," the trio heads for the outback and into crazy adventures in even crazier outfits. DVD 2204 Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché "A gay-themed Western seems as though it could only be a 21st-century creation.And when Algie announces his departure from the West, to return to his bride, Big Jim assumes a posture of childlike sadness.It appears that Jim, not Algie, is the more romantically inclined.But 93 years prior to Brokeback Mountain (2005), a gay cowboy named Algernon Allmore was already pioneering that cultural frontier in Alice Guy-Blache's comedy short Algie, the Miner (1912).Algernon (Billy Quirk) is an effete city boy who is required to go West and develop some virility before he can have the hand of his girlfriend in marriage. This was 1912 and, even in the most forward-thinking film, some sexual orientations dared not speak their names.In Inauguration of the pleasure dome, members of a cult masquerade as gods and goddesses.Special features: Screen specific audio commentaries for all films by Kenneth Anger; Rabbit's moon outtakes; 48 page full color book featuring: an introduction by Martin Scorsese; Kenneth Anger's hand drawn sketches for the unrealized Puce Women project; excerpts from Anais Nin's diaries about making of Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome; rare behind the scenes stills and more.The triumph of Algie the Miner is not that Guy-Blaché made a Western with an evidently gay protagonist.Her true achievement was that she managed to tell this tale with broad comedy, without insulting its central character.