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Flaming Creatures (1963)

With full disturbing and weirdo graphic plus sexual scenes, Flaming Creatures is one of most daring and controversial film of all time, According to Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures is a comedy in a haunted music studio.

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Credited cast:
Francis Francine ...
Himself
Sheila Bick ...
Delicious Dolores
Joel Markman ...
Our Lady of the Docks
Mario Montez ...
The Spanish Girl (as Dolores Flores)
Arnold Rockwood ...
Arnold (as Arnold)
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The Fascinating Woman
Marian Zazeela ...
Maria Zazeela
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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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29 April 1963 (USA)  »

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Flegomena plasmata  »

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$300 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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[first lines]
Francis Francine: Today Ali Baba comes. Ali Baba comes today.
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Referenced in Velvet Goldmine (1998) See more »

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Be-Bop-A-Lula
Performed by The Everly Brothers
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A barbaric Dionysian
26 June 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I've just seen the movie and his first (only ?) quality is to make me writing my first commentary here. Like a previous writer here, I have nothing against avant-garde especially transgressional one but I think we are in this picture far away from an interesting point of view on the subject of eroticism or whatever the purpose is. On such works as Bataille's books or Bunuel's movies, the transgression was upon the things we're hiding when our representation is giving us something to look at (and eroticism is only one of the way to reveled the invisible and constitutive side of art) ; and I think jack smith made a huge mistake with this "cliché" orgiac scenes where everything is explicitly directed to "shock the bourgeois". The line about the lipstick on the male attribute is just the first wave of the so-called sexual "liberation" which is only a new way to stay under the alienation of what is obvious. This film has probably an historical interest but it's the better way to have no artistic one. ps : sorry for my English which is not fluent.


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