28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Flaming creatures
Flaming creatures

Flaming creatures

director: Jack Smith
original title: Flaming creatures
country: United States
year: 1963
running time: 45 min.


This legendary film on the free poetics of the body works with the DIY aesthetic, sprightly staging, performances, and humor. It transgressively refers to the approaches of melodrama and burlesque which Smith uses to create an unconventional and - for the period - radical depiction of sex. For its erotic scenes, it was banned in many countries, and in the United States it ignited a debate on censorship.


Jack Smith (1932-1989) was an American underground filmmaker, photographer, visual artist, performer, and actor. When creating films, he worked with a simple environment and special effects that he invented, and repeatedly used the method of collage. In this work full of humor, eroticism, and violence, he often draws attention thematically to ubiquitous commodification.

more about film

director: Jack Smith
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas