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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 »


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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


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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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

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Tongue Press See more »
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Technical Specs

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy Warhol: [speaking of Jack Smith] The only person I would ever copy. He's just so terrific, and I think he makes the best movies.
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Features Normal Love (1963) See more »


Bongo Nights
Original music for this film created by Joel Diamond (as Joel A. Diamond)
with vocal by Julie Baron
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Mary Jordon's homage is a hypnotic portrait of one of our greatest artists.
11 April 2007 | by paulsado-1See all my reviews

What is the negotiable space between art and commerce? according to Jack Smith there is none. Mary Jordon expertly applies Jack's own free form techniques to a collage portrait of the man his work and it's impact on a popular culture. The film seamlessly flows from blistering indictments of Jack's covetous enemies such as Jonas Menkas and Andy Warhol to moving sentiments from collaborators such as tony Conrad and the reclusive Mario Montez. Jack's own sister provides one of the films more heart wrenching moments in a compassionate declaration she makes towards the films end.

Mary Jordan as a filmmaker embodies the spirit of Jack Smith himself as she bucks typical documentary structure and embraces a more surging and organic approach to story telling. One comes away enlightened, inspired, educated, and moved. More than you'll find at your local multi plexus for sure. the film is currently touring the US and Europe, can be seen at Film Forum in NYC right now and must not be missed by true seekers of truth and purpose in art and life.

Jack Smith may look pale- but thats simply because he's been in the safe too long...

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