- Kenneth Anger |
- 1947 |
- 15 minutes |
- B&W |
In FIREWORKS I released all the explosive pyrotechnics of a dream. Inflammable desires dampened by day under the cold water of consciousness are ignited that night by the libertarian matches of sleep and burst forth in showers of shimmering incandescence. These imaginary displays provide a temporary release. 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 a bed less empty than before.
"FIREWORKS comes from that beautiful night from which emerge all the true works. It touches the quick of the soul and this is very rare." - Jean Cocteau
"The dream of aggression has as its target not only Anger himself, but the external society which acts as omnipotent repressive force. Thus in its iconography of matches, Christmas trees and roman candles, it satirizes social institutions in the manner of Buñuel's L'Age d'Or. As Anger himself has ironically put it: 'This flick is all I have to say about being seventeen, the United States Navy, American Christmas and the Fourth of July.'" - Lucy Fisher, A History of the American Avant-Garde Cinema
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