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Fireworks

Fireworks

Kenneth Anger
United States
1947
15 min
n.a.
Focus: 16 Worlds on 16
Synopsis

“This flick is all I have to say about being 17, the United States Navy, American Christmas and the 4th of July,” said Kenneth Anger about his first short film from 1947. The underground filmmaker, who recently died at the age of 96, had already experimented a lot with his parents’ 16mm camera in his teens.

The bizarre, disturbing dream images of violence, rape and homoerotic sadomasochism were still causing controversy ten years after their first public screening. A theater operator’s conviction for showing this “obscene” film was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court of California, which declared Fireworks to be art.

Kenneth Anger was at the forefront of queer cinema and became a source of inspiration for music video makers; his debut became a classic—both as an experiment and as a gay cult film.

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Credits
15 min
black and white
16mm
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Kenneth Anger
    Kenneth Anger
Production
    Kenneth Anger
    Kenneth Anger
Cinematography
    Chester Kessler
    Chester Kessler
Editing
    Kenneth Anger
    Kenneth Anger
Music
    Ottorini Respighi
    Ottorini Respighi
Screenplay
    Kenneth Anger
    Kenneth Anger
World Sales
    Canyon Cinema
    Canyon Cinema
Screening copy
    Canyon Cinema
    Canyon Cinema
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