Re: Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis starts today

From: Vicki White (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Apr 16 2007 - 17:15:55 PDT

I don't think anyone has mentioned the, yes, Entertainment Weekly



> The intoxicating documentary Jack Smith and the Destruction of
> Atlantis, directed by Mary Jordan, is a love poem to the New York City
> of the '50s and '60s, when Smith, the visionary of camp (Andy Warhol
> stole from him), more or less invented performance art. He also made
> Flaming Creatures, the influential 1963 merry-pranksters-of-drag
> underground film that became a lightning rod for obscenity law. Smith
> hated the film's success. He was the ultimate penniless purist, a
> scavenger who found material in trash bins and didn't even believe in
> finishing works. (After Flaming Creatures, he'd edit his prints in the
> projection booth during screenings, as if not to do so would be to
> kowtow to the establishment.) The beauty of Jack Smith and the
> Destruction of Atlantis is that it takes Smith's fragmentary works
> his largely unseen photographs, bits of the midnight shows he
> improvised in his Lower East Side loft, film clips and gathers them
> into a single, sustained projection of his interior landscape. It may
> be a fuller, more ravishing Jack Smith work of art than Smith himself
> ever created.


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