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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)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Ο Τζακ Σμιθ και η καταστροφή της Ατλαντίδας  »

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1.78 : 1
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Jack Smith: Doctor, doctor, tell me, please... Is my brain a germ or a disease?
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Features Flaming Creatures (1963) See more »

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Dr. Shrinkelstein
Original music for this film created by Robert Aaron
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One of the best documentary films I've seen - watch it
1 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Highly intelligent and well researched, this film by Mary Jordan and produced by Ken Peralta is the definitive film on Jack Smith. The editing of Jack's art and the art of the film is so well integrated that you not only see the many mediums of Smith but you get a psychological examination of one of the most unknown influences of the 20th century. The 93 minute movie rarely slows down as we see a young mind overflowing with angst and creativity, followed by his influencing of Warhol and later greats like Perry Ferrell and Richard James. I found this in the same special club of great movies like "Crumb" and "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse." A definite must-see for those unaware of Jack Smith's world or well versed in his art.


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