ON JACK SMITH’S FLAMING CREATURES AND OTHER SECRET-FLIX OF CINEMAROC J. Hoberman
Reviled, rioted over, and banned as pornographic—even as it was recog- nized as an unprecedented visionary masterpiece—Jack Smith’s 1963 Flaming Creatures is the most important and influential underground movie ever released in America. J. Hoberman’s monograph details the creative making and legal unmaking of this extraordinary film, a source of inspiration for artists as disparate as Andy Warhol, Federico Fellini and John Waters, as well as a scandal taken to the U.S. Supreme Court—a film, described by its maker as “a comedy set in a haunted movie studio.”
The story of Flaming Creatures is augmented with a dossier of personal recollec- tions, relevant documents and remarkable, previously unpublished on-set photo- graphs by Norman Solomon. Expanding on notes originally prepared for the 1997 Jack Smith retrospective at the American Museum of the Moving Image, the mono- graph includes further material on Smith’s unfinished features—Normal Love and No President—and shorter film fragments, as well as on a few of his preferred Hollywood movies.
“ F L A M I N G C R E A T U R E S , i s t h e m o s t s c a n d a l o u s m o v i m a d e i n A m e r i c a . . . I n t h i s d e t a i l e d , b o o k H o b e r m a n e v o k e s a w o r l d o f d c o u r a g e o u s q u e e r c r e a t i v i t y i n t h e y e a r s b e f o r e S t o n e w a l l . ”
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J. HOBERMAN is a senior film critic at the Village Voice and author of numerous books of film criticism including: Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds, Midnight Movies, The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture In the Absence of Communism, and Vulgar Modernism: Writing On Movies and Other Media.
This book was co-published with Hips Road.
Film Studies • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-52-0 • $29.95 PB • 8" x 11" • 143 pp