The “Flaming” Freedom of Jonas Mekas


in Freedom to Offend

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134918 | DOI:
The “Flaming” Freedom of Jonas Mekas

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This chapter discusses Jonas Mekas, who embraced cinema in a way that more closely resembled the views of Cardinal Spellman and Martin Quigley. He believed movies could transform society and even destroy it. Mekas was arrested after a showing of an “indecent, lewd and obscene film” called Flaming Creatures, which he supplied and distributed to the New Bowery Theater. The controversy that was caused by this film ushered in a new period in the heroic age of moviegoing, during which the quality of the material being defended mattered less and less.

Keywords: Jonas Mekas; Cardinal Spellman; Martin Quigley; Flaming Creatures; New Bowery Theater; controversy; society; heroic age

Chapter.  13945 words. 

Subjects: Film

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