Fireworks (1947)




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A landmark of both experimental and gay/lesbian filmmaking, Kenneth Anger's film is a bizarre, disturbing dreamscape of violation, rape, and homoerotic sadomasochism. The film opens with Anger, who made this film when he was only 17, awaking from a troubled dream and leaving his house to go on a stroll. He is confronted by a band of buff sailors who proceed to beat, manhandled, and molest him. Recalling other surrealist masterpieces such as Un Chien andalou and Meshes in the Afternoon, this film uses elliptical narrative structure and dream-like visual metaphors and puns.


Kenneth Anger
as The Dreamer
Bill Seltzer
as Bare-Chested Sailor
Gordon Gray
as Body-Bearing Sailor

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Original, poetic classic.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

...the explosive pyrotechnics of an id bravely laid bare.

Feb 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

How much you enjoy this film depends on how much you can stomach its bloody violence.

Mar 29, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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