French filmmaker and poet Jean Cocteau was a fan of Fireworks and with good reason. Kenneth Anger follows in the footsteps of Cocteau's cinematic masterpiece The Blood of a Poet(1930). Like The Blood of a Poet, Fireworks is a surrealist journey of an individual in pain that can only be expressed through the advant-garde film medium. Of course, with Fireworks Anger shows that he also has a very humorous side.
Fireworks is the American art film at it's finest. At the end of the film, a sailor reveals a roman candle in his pants that makes you think of a nice American fourth of July. Not that I care much for "end" titles, but Anger even managed to get quite creative with that. It is a tragedy that very few American filmmakers have been influenced by the works of Kenneth Anger.