Fireworks (1947 film)  

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Fireworks (1947) is a homoerotic experimental film by Kenneth Anger. Filmed in his parents' Beverly Hills, California home over a long weekend while they were away, it is the earliest of his works to survive. The film stars Anger and explicitly explores themes of homosexuality and sado-masochism.

Anger was arrested on obscenity charges following the release of Fireworks. The case went to the California Supreme Court which declared the film to be art. [1]

Kenneth Anger commented in 1976:

"It's a personal statement about my own feelings about violence and (a) certain kind of masculinity. Also a treatment of a kind of myth in America which relates to the American sailor. That's part of history now, but the sailor then was a kind of sex symbol on one another level there was a great deal of ambivalence and hostility, latency, and fear in the image.…"




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