Call me an unrepentant auteurist, but when a seminal filmmaker produces a new work, even if it’s a short film hawking a fashion brand, I’m still there.
And you’ve got to give Hollywood-boy-actor-turned-experimental-cinema-maestro-turned-“Hollywood Babylon”-author Kenneth Anger his props when it comes to changing the vocabulary of cinema.
Martin Scorsese’s signature pop music tropes were a been-there, done-that for Anger, whose 1964 “Scorpio Rising” turned Hollywood iconography, rock n’ roll, violence, ritualism and gay/biker culture into a frothy and delirious mix that hip young filmmakers are still cribbing from.
Dig back further into the Anger filmography and you find post-WWII-era groundbreakers like his 1947 “Fireworks.” And yes, we can blame him for creating Perez Hilton and TMZ and the rest of their ilk with the aforementioned scandalous 1959 tome that linked an ancient culture of debauchery with the excesses of our favorite Hollywood stars, but we won’t go there.
Kudos to the Italian fashion house Missoni for hiring the octogenerian helmer to create an alluring short film to launch their Fall 2010 line.