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.
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
Directed By:


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

Critic Reviews for Fireworks

All Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
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February 14, 2013

Audience Reviews for Fireworks

A masochistic fantasy/dream/nightmare. This was my first experience with Kenneth Anger, and I have to say I was a little underwhelmed, especially as this seems to be one of his most renowned works. Rather typical experimental film, with a few intriguing ideas but it's almost as if they happened by accident. I can appreciate that it was surely quite radical for its time (both in style and content) but it didn't do much for me.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Kenneth Anger's dream-like imagery brings back memories of early European scandalous surreal hits such as Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou and L'age D'or, or the seashell and the clergyman. The way he transcribed what he claims to be a dream into film feels as nothing more than that, a dream. He also displays a great comfort with his identity and seems to rejoice over it in such a statement of his obvious desire to be aggressively possessed by sailors and body builders. He was forced to battle in court the relevance of the erotically suggestive visuals to the artistic value of the piece. He won, of course.

Michael Sanchez
Michael Sanchez

An extremely personal and fervent effort on Anger's part; the film is affecting on several levels. Dreamlike, dark, violent and, in a strange way, captivating.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

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