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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: I was knocking myself out to make this stuff. And I always assumed that people would see this and have pity and give me a little support.
[shouts]
Jack Smith: They didn't!
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Connections

Features Flaming Creatures (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Cuban Cabellero
Original music for this film created by Joel Diamond (as Joel A. Diamond)
with violin by Karen Waltuch (as Karen Waltruch)
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Inaccurate, biased
22 July 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

It's nice to see some of Jack's work collected on screen, but a little bit of research reveals quickly just how inaccurately this film represents the life of the man behind the work. Jack Smith was estranged from his sister from 1953 on, because she couldn't deal with his sexuality. For some reason, Mary Jordan has made this film in close collaboration with that sister. Any person whose family has trouble accepting their sexuality will understand that bizarre distortions of the facts are par for the course, and this documentary engages in that kind of wholesale fiction-making as much as you would expect. It's a shame because Jack Smith deserves attention as a great filmmaker, and deserves attention from those who are ready to accept him as he was: flawed, strange, brilliant, and untamed.


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