It doesn’t get more cult film than this…….
Jack Smith’s seminal underground film premiered in New York on 29th April 1963 at the Bleecker Street cinema. The film is significant for its portrayal of underground drag culture and often screenings attracted controversy and also bans – one defended by Susan Sontag amongst others.
The soundtrack is significant because it featured Tony Conrad & Angus MacLise – both integral to the early stages and formation of the Velvet Underground and well as Mario Montez, another drag film maker in Warhol circle.
Film Culture, a magazine set up by underground film maker Jonas Mekas’s brother Adolfas rented the Tivoli Theatre for the Independent Film Awards on 7th December 1963. Flaming Creatures was up for an award, but the event was cancelled when the cinema management deemed the contents obscene. The theatre was occupied by a disappointed crowd until police cleared the building.
This is the flyer for that event. A key moment in underground cinema, when things really mattered …
Condition : VG+ No rips or tear, minor stain as seen. RARE