The film that: pissed off the Nazi Party, overturned obscenity laws, immortalized a subculture, transformed independent cinema, identified the ritualized curation of a meticulously signalled (and fetishized!) masculine identity, & exposed America's shadowy undercurrents, all via a pop iconography of power, sex and the sublime... Also: Unf. That camera! Roving, erotic, objectifying, deliberate... *fans self* 4.5
Too long to get started for such a simple plot, this gleefully blasphemous film is intriguing for the way it uses homosexual biker culture as a bridge between naziism and christianity, bleeding romantic affection into both group dynamics as a way of killing two birds with one stone. It does remain interesting for its aesthetics, editing, and importance, if the plot doesn't hold up particularly well.