From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Flaming Creatures is the name of a small experimental film directed by Jack Smith in the USA. The theatrical premiere of Flaming Creatures took place on April 29, 1963 at midnight at the Bleecker Street Cinema on a double bill with Blonde Cobra. Due to its surreal, graphic depiction of sexuality, the film was seized by the police at its premiere, and was officially determined to be obscene by a NY Criminal Court. The 43-minute featurette attracted media and public attention, and has been described as a "controversial featurette". This also made Jack Smith famous as a film director across North America. Smith himself described the film as "a comedy set in a haunted music studio."
With: Frances Francine (Himself), Sheila Bick (Delicious Dolores), Joel Markman (Our Lady of the Docks), Dolores Flores, aka Mario Montez (The Spanish Girl), Arnold Rockwood (Arnold), Judith Malina (The Fascinating Woman), Marian Zazeela (Maria Zazeela)
Tony Conrad did the sound.
The film features an array of vampire-looking transvestites, hermaphrodites, drag shows, a sexually ambiguous vampire, a drug orgy and a well-built cunnilingual rapist. Sexual ambiguity is a prominent visual theme, which is particularly shown by overlapping images of flaccid penis and breasts.