The Art of Cinema #38


Flaming Creatures
(Jack Smith; 1963)

5 comments:

Rob said...

Is this film available for purchase anywhere? I would love to have this one in my collection. Hell, the poster, too.

BCNU,
Rob in Dago

Tom Sutpen said...

"Flaming Creatures" has never been officially released on any video format that I'm aware of, but it's all over the bootleg video underground. If you want, get in touch with me off-blog and I can try to hook you up with a copy.

swac said...

I found a place that rents a print of it in 16mm (and I just happen to have a projector) but I have my doubts it would make it across the border.

It seems a compilation of Smith's work is in order, I wonder if it's a matter of rights, or just the guts to put one out.

Anyone got John Waters' address?

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

I found a place that rents a print of it in 16mm (and I just happen to have a projector) but I have my doubts it would make it across the border.

*****
Why, you think it still risks getting tarred with the Obscenity brush? I'd say just about an ocean of water has passed under that bridge by now. I mean, if some Larry Clark virtual-kiddieporn atrocity like "Ken Park" can make it across borders, something almost quaint like "Flaming Creatures" has to be seen as kosher by comparison.

It seems a compilation of Smith's work is in order, I wonder if it's a matter of rights, or just the guts to put one out.

*****
Maybe a matter of interest. I doubt the rights are tied up, since Smith wasn't exactly a hard-headed businessman. Somehow I don't see him shepherding his work through posterity the way the Brakhage and Warhol estates did. It could be no one's thought to do it, unfortunately.

Rob said...

Somehow, somewhere, someone prolly has the rights to it, and doesn't care until a bootleg starts to really make money. I'll get a hold of you, M. Sutpen, as I've never seen it on ebay or anywhere else. Thanks,

BCNU