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Flaming Creatures

1963 American experimental film

Flaming Creatures

Released 1963 (59 years, 6 months ago)

Director Jack Smith
Genre erotic film, vampire film and LGBT-related film
Country of origin United States of America

About Flaming Creatures

Flaming Creatures: A Controversial Masterpiece

In 1963, Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures was released to a world that was not quite ready for its provocative content. The film, which was banned in several countries, features a cast of gender-bending characters engaging in sexual acts and drug use. It was a bold and daring work of art that challenged societal norms and pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in cinema.

Despite its controversial subject matter, Flaming Creatures was hailed as a masterpiece by many critics and filmmakers. It has been cited as an influence on the works of Andy Warhol and John Waters, among others. The film's surreal imagery and dreamlike sequences have been praised for their artistic merit and innovative approach to filmmaking.

However, Flaming Creatures was not without its detractors. Many saw the film as obscene and immoral, and it was banned in several countries. The controversy surrounding the film led to a court case in New York, where Smith was charged with obscenity. The case was eventually dismissed, but the film's legacy as a controversial work of art remains.

Today, Flaming Creatures is recognized as a groundbreaking work of avant-garde cinema. Its influence can be seen in the works of contemporary filmmakers and artists, and it continues to inspire and challenge audiences. While its content may still be controversial, its artistic merit cannot be denied.


- Ebert, R. (2005). Flaming Creatures. Retrieved from

- Smith, J. (1963). Flaming Creatures [Motion picture]. United States: Jack Smith.

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


56 years, 1 month, 16 days


56 years, 1 month, 16 days

Born first

20 June 1937

Died first

22 July 1993

Born last

20 June 1937

Died last

22 July 1993

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