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Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 April 2006 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Mary Jordan

Writer:

Mary Jordan
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ο Τζακ Σμιθ και η καταστροφή της Ατλαντίδας See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tongue Press See more »
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Technical Specs

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

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

Referenced in Here Comes Godot: Tax and Snacks (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Country Swing
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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One of the best documentary films I've seen - watch it
1 July 2006 | by brianbulmanSee 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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