Jack Smith and the Destruction Of Atlantis (2006)
Underground filmmaker, photographer, actor, performance artist, Lower East Side fixture, homosexual, and anticapitalist Jack Smith was a central figure of New York underground culture from the 1960s until his death in 1989. This portrait of Jack Smith is replete with an assemblage of photographs, film clips, and audio recordings of Smith's own voice, while resurrecting the seminal importance of Smith to the entire development of the 1960s New York underground scene.
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Critic Reviews for Jack Smith and the Destruction Of Atlantis
Mary Jordan's documentary Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis is part unsparing explication of a life story, part love-stuck personification of Smith's working philosophy.
If modern art-lovers want to understand what the Jack Smith experience was like, Jordan's documentary may be their best chance.
Jordan's film is a glorious visual achievement in its own right, as well as part of the rancorous ongoing dispute over Smith's legacy.
This invaluable record contains a treasure trove of clips from Smith's hard-to-see and still striking films, plus comments that were culled from hours of interviews with this flamboyant pioneer.
There is invaluable material here, but also a lack of context for the wonderfully outre footage.
An intriguing, and profoundly frustrating, view of the New York underground hero.
Depicted as the uncompromising artist who went to the grave for his art.
Eccentric and pure like its hero, JSDA may appall or bore the many but should delight devotees of the real reel underground.
It's the only place you'll find clips of his notorious masterpiece Flaming Creatures (1963), and for that alone it's worth seeing.
Alternately bizarre and inspired, but an appropriate tribute to an uncompromisingly experimental innovator in the field of cinema.
Thank heavens for Mary Jordan's vibrant, funny and tragic documentary, an entertaining hodgepodge of artifacts and impressions of a "creature" whose influence on photography, drama, film and art is still felt today.
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