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Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)

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A mesmerizing collage of images and audio from the life and work of Jack Smith, the underground filmmaker, photographer, performance artist, and anti-capitalist, who worked in New York from... See full summary »

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Jack Smith ...
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A mesmerizing collage of images and audio from the life and work of Jack Smith, the underground filmmaker, photographer, performance artist, and anti-capitalist, who worked in New York from the '60s until his death in 1989. Highlights include the story behind the Supreme Court case over the banning of his 1963 classic Flaming Creatures. Written by official film description

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26 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Jack Smith: Doctor, doctor, tell me, please... Is my brain a germ or a disease?
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Features Normal Love (1963) See more »

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Sofa-Roosting Cabbages
Original music for this film created by Thurston Moore
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Interesting subject matter, but could be more probing...
25 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this documentary is a much-needed portrait of a very interesting artist and individual, it is the archival footage and clips from Jack Smith's own films which make the film valuable. The film itself is somewhat clumsily structured, and the modern-day interviews look like they were shot by a monkey (constant zooming in and out, jerky movement as the camera is moved from side to side on a tripod, unattractive low angles, etc). I would have liked more details on Jack Smith's personal life, and on his youth. Above all, I left the movie theater feeling like I knew more about Jack Smith's films and how the world reacted (or didn't react) to them, but not much more about the man himself. The doc has sound clips of what is presumably Jack Smith speaking running throughout, but it is never made clear where these sound clips come from (were they part of an interview, when was the interview conducted, etc). Still, the film is worth a look for anyone who is a fan of Jack Smith's work and what it stood for.


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