Art or Porn?: Filmmakers Who Tested the Limits

These films were censored for obscenity when they first screened. Now they are shown at museums and on YouTube.

BY Christopher Harrity

August 01 2014 3:00 AM ET

Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures
While watching the version that survived to YouTube, you may only be shocked that this film caused such a controversy. But consider that this came out to a country that was enthralled with The Nutty Professor and Call Me Bwana. Flaming Creatures (1963) by filmmaker Jack Smith showed graphic if somewhat campy and limp sexuality. The film was seized by the police at its premiere and was officially determined to be obscene by a New York Criminal Court.



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