Synopsis by Nicole Gagne
Jack Smith combined footage from various phases of his career for Respectable Creatures. There's additional material from "The Yellow Sequence" phase of Normal Love, featuring Tiny Tim and David Sachs, shot around 1963-1964. (Glimpses of Francis Francine swinging in a hammock evoke Ron Rice's Chumlum .) Later in the '60s, Smith filmed some of Carnival when he was in Rio de Janeiro. He uses that footage here to frame Buzzards Over Bagdad, a movie he'd made in the 1950s -- a Maria Montez-style yarn in which the girl who is promised to the Caliph tries to keep a lover.