One of our favourite blogs, The Quietus, have posted an interview with filmmaker Kenneth Anger. He got famous for his films which had it all: occultism, homo eroticism and rock stars as Mick Jagger.
Kenneth Anger on one of his most famous films Scorpio Rising:
Scorpio Rising was denounced — and this was ironic — at its first screenings by some members of the American Nazi Party. They thought I was insulting their flag, which was very true, not that you see very much of it. They phoned up anonymously to the vice squad in LA and denounced it as porn or obscene or something and in those days in ’64 the police had to investigate if they got a complaint. They went there and without even watching the film, they just seized it and the poor manager of the theatre was arrested and had to be bailed out. But then it went to the California Supreme Court and a famous ruling came down which applied to all films: if it has redeeming social merit then it’s acceptable, and of course this label has been used for all kinds of things.
Read the full interview here.