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397 Ratings

Flaming Creatures

Directed by Jack Smith
United States, 1963
Comedy, Avant-Garde, Short


Filmmaker and artist Jack Smith described his own film as a “comedy set in a haunted movie studio.”

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Flaming Creatures Directed by Jack Smith

Critics reviews

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. Smith’s deliberate spatial disorientation creates a pansexual landscape of tangled body parts…
February 21, 2014
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Flaming Creatures is mesmerizing and luscious partly because Smith is more interested in emulating various features starring Maria Montez or directed by Josef von Sternberg than in subverting them. It’s an act of love, not of revenge.
February 20, 1988
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