Jack smith flaming creatures. Jack smith november 14 1932 september 18 1989 was an american filmmaker actor and pioneer of underground cinemahe is generally acclaimed as a founding father of american performance art and has been critically recognized as a master photographer though his photographic works are rare and remain. Directed by jack smith. Jack smiths flaming creatures inspired an obscenity case in 1964 and it still maintains its power to provoke. The initial impact of flaming creatures upon new york artists and writers was great.
It premiered april 29 1963 at the bleecker street cinema in new york city. An experimental film that features graphic sexual imagery an earthquake and a lipstick commercial. Photographically flaming creatures is as visually sensual and as exquisitely mannered as shanghai express of the devil is a woman. Looking back today at the legacy of jonas mekas.
Flaming creatures is a 1963 american experimental film directed by jack smiththe film shows performers dressed in elaborate drag for several disconnected scenes including a lipstick commercial an orgy and an earthquake. Smith was compared in print to milton dante hieronymus bosch wagner and josef von sternberg. He loved it and praised it in the village voice. The film transcends.
Jack smith just finished a great movie flaming creatures whichis a most luxurious outpouring of imagination of imagery of poetry of movie artistry.