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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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Credited cast:
Jack Smith ...
Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nayland Blake ...
Ira Cohen ...
Tony Conrad ...
Richard Foreman ...
Ivan Galietti ...
Helen Gee ...
Limelight Gallery founder
Robert Heide ...
Henry Hills ...
Gary Indiana ...
Ken Jacobs ...
Mike Kelley ...
Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt ...
Sylvere Lotringer ...


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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Jack Smith: Doctor, doctor, tell me, please... Is my brain a germ or a disease?
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from "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)"
Written by Bernard Herrmann
Performed by National Philharmonic Orchestra
© Shapiro, Bernstein and Co.
Courtesy of UMD/Decca
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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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