Happy 4th of July, Americans. Here is a suitably patriotic image from Kenneth Anger’s FIREWORKS. Some nice clean-cut young men about to enjoy the festivities.

10 Responses to “Fireworks”

  1. Great still.

    It never ceases to be mind-boggling that he was 17 years old when he made that film. YIKES!

  2. Precocious doesn’t begin to describe it!

  3. Fiona W Says:

    Hello sailors!

  4. Hello Fiona!

  5. David Boxwell Says:

    When mom and dad were out of the house for the weekend. Risky Business indeed!

  6. Heh! I’d love to see the making of Fireworks presented in the style of a Tom Cruise movie.

  7. david wingrove Says:

    Do we really believe that Anger was 17 when he made this film? He’s a lovely man and a visionary artist…but he also has a notorious flair for hyperbole and self-mythologising.

    The young man who plays the lead in FIREWORKS (and is definitely Anger) looks as if he’s in his early 20s – a far more believeable age!

    If Anger was 20-odd when he made FIREWORKS, that would also put paid to his claim (already disputed by most film historians) that he played the Changeling Prince in the 1935 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

    The commentary on the recent DVD says it was a little girl, and pooh-poohs the claims of “various middle-aged men.” Mind you, whether Anger was 17 or 20 in 1947, he is now well past what anyone could describe as ‘middle age’.

  8. The IMDb says he was born in 1927, making him 20 when the film appeared. It lists Sheila Brown as the changeling prince. Naughty, Mr Anger!

  9. david wingrove Says:

    Alas, I’m afraid I’d go with the IMDB on that one. Nothing personal, Dr Anger BUT…

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