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Flaming Creatures (1963)

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


Jack Smith


Jack Smith


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Credited cast:
Francis Francine Francis Francine ... Self
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


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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A surreal jumble of moving sexual images
10 September 2013 | by klausmingSee all my reviews

US 43m, B&W Director: Jack Smith; Cast: Francis Francine, Sheila Bick, Joel Markman, Mario Montez, Arnold Rockwood, Judith Malina, Marian Zazeela

Flaming Creatures is an often comedic sexually explicit experimental film which begins with an "advertisement" for lipstick which features close-ups of men and women applying lipstick adjacent male genitalia. Deemed "obscene" upon its release, Flaming Creatures is a surreal jumble of moving sexual images, often shot in close-up which serves to further confound the already sexually ambiguous participants, including a vampire in drag who rises from the coffin to the unlikely country vocal styling of Kitty Kallen and 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels". Irreverent and shocking, Flaming Creatures might be described as pop pornography, and along with the likes of Scorpio Rising (1964), inspired the films of Andy Warhol and John Waters (Klaus Ming July 2013).

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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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$300 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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