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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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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
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Beverly Grant Beverly Grant ... Whirling Dervish
Piero Heliczer Piero Heliczer
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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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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flegomena plasmata See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$300 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

China Nights
Performed by Yashiko Yamiguchi
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shocking even by today's standards
26 March 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

Somewhere in between the poetic and manic lies "Flaming Creatures", Jack Smith's infamously odd avant garde classic. I find this to be a movie that is very difficult to rate because it really isn't a typical movie. Even for experimental underground cinema, it comes across as really weird and unsettling.

The first half is easily the highlight. The notorious "rape" sequence is one of the most f*cking crazy and disturbing scenes I have ever witnessed. The chaotic atmosphere is only boosted by Smith's drunkenly soaring camera, capturing the ear piercing shrieking of the film's "creatures".

The second half is less compelling, but still interesting. It is the much more positive and comical half, as the "creatures" joyously dance with one another behind old pop music. It is entertaining and amusing to an extent, despite dragging on a bit.

Most people probably will not enjoy this little oddity nearly as much as I have, which is totally okay. This movie is so damn bizarre, graphic, unsettling, confusing, and chaotic that it is almost surprising that ANYONE could appreciate it that is not mentally ill. However, I did manage to find much within Jack Smith's mad masterpiece to adore.


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