Flaming Creatures at the Tivoli Theatre. Jack Smith.

Flaming Creatures at the Tivoli Theatre

New York: n.p., c. 1964. (9 x 11 ½ in.) offset flyer. In very good condition with one and half inch closed tear. Item #ANT168

Flaming Creatures was a film by the underground film-maker Jack Smith that premiered in 1963 and became the center of a well-publicized obscenity. With a gender-bending experimental aesthetic, uncensored sex, and ruthless satire of society, Flaming Creatures became one of the most important works of underground film of the 1960s. This flyer is for a screening at the Tivoli Theatre in 1964, just months before the trial that would immortalize it and make it among the most controversial films of the 1960s. During its third showing at the Tivoli in March of 1964, it was famously seized by the police along with Mekas, Ken Jacobs, and Florence Karpf, who, though backed by an impressive array of celebrity witnesses like Ginsberg and Sontag, would lose the case, though the decision was later reversed upon appeal.

Price: $500.00

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