Scorpio Rising

Scorpio Rising ★★★★★

The first time I saw this was a 16mm print at a screening in a warehouse with Fireworks. I had seen all the early John Waters features and a few of the Paul Morrisey/Warhol films, those Kern and Zedd shorts, but I'd never seen any of the classic underground shorts by Brakhage, the Kuchars, Harry Smith or Kenneth Anger. I was floored. It changed the metrics on which I viewed film. 

Today, I still find this film menacing and, despite the non traditional narrative and lack of dialogue, it's incredibly focused, building tension until the very end. Anger's previous work may have relied upon personal fetishism and indulgence, but here he applies those skills along with intelligence and wit to a topic of the day. You can keep Easy Rider.

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