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Fireworks (1947 film)

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Director  Kenneth Anger
Music director  Ottorino Respighi
Duration  
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Genre  Drama, Short
Screenplay  Kenneth Anger
Country  United States
Fireworks (1947 film) movie poster
Release date  1947 (1947)
Initial release  October 10, 1969 (Denmark)
Cast  Kenneth Anger (Dreamer), Gordon Gray (First Sailor), Bill Seltzer (Second Sailor)
Similar movies  Fifty Shades of Grey, Pacific Rim, Independence Day, Desire, Feast, Paperman

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. It is the earliest of his works to survive.

Fireworks (1947 film) movie scenes

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."

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

References

Fireworks (1947 film) Wikipedia
Fireworks (1947 film) IMDb Fireworks (1947 film) themoviedb.org


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