Scorpio Rising (1969)

6.71
/ 10
7 User Ratings
28m
Running Time

October 10, 1969
Release Date

Scorpio Rising (1969)

6.71
/ 10
7 User Ratings
28m
Running Time

October 10, 1969
Release Date

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Plot.

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

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Cast & Crew.

Ernie Allo

Ernie Allo

Joker (uncredited)

Bruce Byron

Bruce Byron

Scorpio (uncredited)

Frank Carifi

Frank Carifi

Leo (uncredited)

Steve Crandell

Steve Crandell

Blondie (uncredited)

Johnny Dodds

Johnny Dodds

Kid (uncredited)

Bill Dorfman

Bill Dorfman

Back (uncredited)

Johnny Dodds

Johnny Dodds

Kid

Nelson Leigh

Nelson Leigh

Jesus Christ (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tony Bandusk

Tony Bandusk

Location Assistant

Ernest D. Glucksman

Ernest D. Glucksman

Producer / Writer

Details.

Release Date
October 10, 1969

Status
Released

Running Time
28m

Budget
$16,000

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Wiki.

Scorpio Rising is a 1963 American experimental short film shot, edited, co-written and directed by Kenneth Anger, and starring Bruce Byron as Scorpio. Loosely structured around a prominent soundtrack of 1960s pop music, it follows a group of bikers preparing for a night out.

Anger shot most of the film in New York City over the course of three months. His unique style makes extensive use of colorful non-diegetic lighting. Central themes include the occult, biker subculture, homosexuality, Christianity and Nazism. Scorpio Rising also explores the worship of rebel icons of the era, such as James Dean and Marlon Brando (referred to by Anger as Byron's "heroes").The film premiered on October 29, 1963, at the Gramercy Arts Theater in New York City. It became the subject of protests and a lawsuit by the American Nazi Party, an obscenity prosecution overturned by the California Supreme Court, and a copyright lawsuit by the Lutheran Church. Scorpio Rising received praise from film critics and was credited with igniting leather gear and motorcycles as a fad in New York.

The film is recognized as a predecessor to the development of the modern music video and has influenced directors such as Martin Scorsese, John Waters, and Nicolas Winding Refn. In 2022, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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