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Flaming Creatures (1963)

An experimental film that features graphic sexual imagery, an earthquake, and a lipstick commercial.

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Jack Smith

Writer:

Jack Smith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Francis Francine Francis Francine ... Himself
Sheila Bick Sheila Bick ... Delicious Dolores
Joel Markman Joel Markman ... Our Lady of the Docks
Mario Montez Mario Montez ... The Spanish Girl (as Dolores Flores)
Arnold Rockwood Arnold Rockwood ... Arnold (as Arnold)
Judith Malina ... The Fascinating Woman
Marian Zazeela Marian Zazeela ... Maria Zazeela
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverly Grant Beverly Grant ... Whirling Dervish
Piero Heliczer Piero Heliczer
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Storyline

One of the most controversial short film of all time, an experiment contains scenes of a group of people who do things that are considered bizarre, strange and taboo, including sexual activity, Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures is regarded comedy with setting a haunted music studio. Written by Egi David Perdana

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Plonace istoty See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$300 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film caused a national scandal upon its original underground release; it was banned in 22 states and in four countries. Critic Jonas Mekas brought it around to various screenings in the 1960s, but was arrested at several of them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Francis Francine: Today Ali Baba comes. Ali Baba comes today.
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Connections

Featured in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Solo Violin
Written by Béla Bartók
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Put them out
27 August 2002 | by unratedSee all my reviews

I consider myself a fairly open-minded person. In principle I have nothing against a movie featuring a pack of transvestites frolicking around and--this is what it looks like--acting out parodies of bad silent movies. It's just not all that interesting to me. I can only take camp in small doses, and there's just way too much here. By the way, did the Everly Brothers even know one of their songs was used in this thing? (P.S. If you ever see Warhol's "Screen Test #2," you'll hear Mario Montez talk briefly about his (her?) role in this movie.)


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