Flaming Creatures (1963)


Flaming Creatures is a non-narrative, Dionysian orgy, complete with wild dancing, gender bending, and a climactic earthquake. The carnivalesque madness of the film is reinforced by the chaotic density of its formal composition. Jack Smith’s deliberate spatial disorientation creates a pansexual landscape of tangled body parts; just as the viewer is unable to situate the visual coordinates of the image, the creatures are unaware of which extremity belongs to whom.

Director: Jack Smith.
Writer: Jack Smith.
Stars: Francis Francine, Sheila Bick, Joel Markman, Mario Montez, Arnold Rockwood, Judith Malina, Marian Zazeela.


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    January 21, 2022

    WOW . . . what a find! “Historical benchmar” is the only way to designate this! I’ve been wanting to see this since I first read about it in A HISTORY OF AMERICAN AVANT- GARDE FILM over 50 years ago. Judith Malina co-founder of The Living Theater along with her husband Julian Beck is among the cast listing. Big thanks, Jon!

  2. Gerald L. Austin
    March 12, 2023

    This was a real ‘mish-mash’ of blurry and fast-moving images. It made no sense to me EXCEPT that there were a few quick views of female pubic hair, and more importantly, some shots of penises. It is very difficult for me to give any film or video a poor rating if they include views of penises.

  3. Borapep
    May 23, 2024

    Hi, the link is gone. Can you reupload the film please? Also, do you have any other Jack Smith and Kenneth Anger films? Thanks!

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