Kustom Kar Kommandos Production Still. Kenneth Anger.
Kustom Kar Kommandos Production Still

Kustom Kar Kommandos Production Still

San Bernardino, CA: Puck Film Productions, 1965. Black and white silver gelatin print. 6 ¾ x 8 ½ in. Artists’ stamp on verso “Kustom Kar Kommandos: A Film by Kenneth Anger.” Very good; small crease at bottom left corner and mild creasing along top edge. Item #6284

Production still from Kenneth Anger’s 1965 short film Kustom Kar Kommandos capturing Sandy Trent, a custom car enthusiast Anger casted from an auto show, buffing a hot rod.

Made with a grant from the Ford Foundation, the film was intended to be much longer than its three minute runtime, but Anger burned through the funding too quickly to realize the longer project. A sly and lurid example of an age old trick of queer artists – flooding the homoerotic undercurrent of classic scenes and images of American heterosexual masculinity until it spills over.