Fireworks (1947 film)

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Fireworks
Fireworks-anger.jpg
Directed by Kenneth Anger
Starring Kenneth Anger
Music by Ottorino Respighi
Distributed by Mystic Fire Video (DVD)
Release dates 1947
Running time 14 min.
Country  United States

Fireworks (1947) is a homoerotic experimental film by Kenneth Anger. Filmed in his parents' home in Beverly Hills, California over a long weekend while they were away, the film stars Anger and explicitly explores themes of homosexuality and sado-masochism.[1] It is the earliest of his works to survive.

Anger synopsizes the film thus: "A dissatisfied dreamer awakes, goes out in the night seeking a 'light' and is drawn through the needle's eye. A dream of a dream, he returns to bed less empty than before." Adding later, "This flick is all I have to say about being seventeen, the United States Navy, American Christmas, and the Fourth of July."[2]

Anger was arrested on obscenity charges following the release of Fireworks.[citation needed] In 1958, a lawsuit was brought against the manager Raymond Rohauer of L.A.'s Coronet Theatre for screening Fireworks.[3][4] The case became "an epic obscenity trial" in the California Supreme Court[5] which declared the film to be art.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hoberman et al. p. 55
  2. ^ Smith, Claiborne K.H (1997-10-30). "Kustom Film Kommando: Interview With Filmmaker Kenneth Anger". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  3. ^ John R. Burger (1995). One-handed histories: the eroto-politics of gay male video pornography. Routledge. p. 9. 
  4. ^ James, David E. (2005). The most typical avant-garde: history and geography of minor cinemas in Los Angeles. University of California Press. p. 375. 
  5. ^ Mazur, Matt (5 March 2007). "The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1 (1947)". popmatters.com. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Frye, Brian L (2007-04-24). "Angry Young Man". The Stranger. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 

References[edit]

  • Hoberman, J.; Jonathan Rosenbaum (1983). Midnight Movies. New York: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-090990-0. 

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