Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)



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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Mary Jordan
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On DVD: May 25, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | April 14, 2007
Time Out
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If modern art-lovers want to understand what the Jack Smith experience was like, Jordan's documentary may be their best chance.

Full Review… | April 14, 2007
AV Club
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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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
New York Post
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There is invaluable material here, but also a lack of context for the wonderfully outre footage.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007
Top Critic

An intriguing, and profoundly frustrating, view of the New York underground hero.

Full Review… | April 11, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis


Interesting doc on experimental filmmaker Jack Smith. It does make me want to see some of his work... but I don't think I'd have him over for Xmas dinner though.

Christopher Brown

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