Fireworks


Fireworks, which was done in 1947, takes us through the dream of our main character. In the opening scene we see a sailor holding the main character and then the camara fades to our protagonist sleeping. The camera shows us pictures of the same sailor holding up the injured protagonist next to the bed. I'm still confused about what kind of symbolism the sailor was supposed to have. We're also shown some type of mannequin's hand with the middle finger missing from it, but at the end of the film the hand is shown again with all the fingers in place.

When the protagonist wakes up he goes into a dark room which has "GENTS" written on the door as if it were a public bathroom. The protagonist is then approached by that same sailor from the first scene, who is now flexing his muscular body. The sailor then beats up the protagonist for asking for a light for his cigarette. After this the sailor lights the cigarette for the protagonist and leaves. This must have been the setup, because shortly after, a gang of sailors approach the protagonist and beat him up pretty badly.

The next scene brings us to the original sailor who lights a firework in his pants. Then we're shown the protagonist again wearing a tree on his head, which he burns in the fireplace along with the pictures from earlier. We are then shown the protagonist in his bed again, this time there is someone in bed with him, but who is not revealed to us for some reason. Maybe it was that first sailor. Maybe that was the protagonist's lover. Anger is known to focus his work on taboo subjects.

--Jason Jordan, 2001



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