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Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)

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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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Jack Smith ...
Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nayland Blake ...
Himself
Ira Cohen ...
Himself
Tony Conrad ...
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Richard Foreman ...
Himself
Ivan Galietti ...
Himself
Helen Gee ...
Limelight Gallery founder
Robert Heide ...
Himself
Henry Hills ...
Himself
Gary Indiana ...
Himself
Ken Jacobs ...
Himself
Mike Kelley ...
Artist
...
Himself
Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt ...
Himself
Sylvere Lotringer ...
Himself
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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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Ο Τζακ Σμιθ και η καταστροφή της Ατλαντίδας  »

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1.78 : 1
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Quotes

Jack Smith: Doctor, doctor, tell me, please... Is my brain a germ or a disease?
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Connections

Features Normal Love (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Zeraim
from the album "Music Romance Taboo and Exile Volume 2"
Written and performed by John Zorn
Published by and courtesy of Tzadik
All CDs available through Tzadik
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Jack Smith
16 February 2010 | by (belgium) – See all my reviews

okay, so we have Jack Smith... Jack who? Jack Smith, yes, the cult director of such movies as 'Flaming Creatures' (in fact, his only complete movie he ever made). you're reading this, probably because you know his style and you want to learn more about who Jack Smith (and, off course, what he did and mad, because a lot of his 'pictures' remain only as pictures somewhere hidden in a vault, carefully put away like the ring in the Lord of the Rings-trilogy). well, you're on the right address with this documentary. it tells us a lot about the sixties and a lot about Jack Smith, but also about the other experimental movie makes, avant-gardists and art directors. but, and here's the but(t), it shows us less movies of Smith as expected, and too much other stuff that has less to do with Smith than his lifestyle. but that isn't so bad, because it shows Smith as he was, just as he wanted movies to portray realities and not the thing we call fiction, but even beyond that. after viewing this excellent documentary, I have a bit of disappointing feeling, the 'magic' is gone, Jack Smith was only a man and not a cult icon. still, he remains more than a man, he stays to be art. art is as important for him, as it is for us. still, I'm glad I watched this.


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