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Jack Smith and the Destruction Of Atlantis
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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Depicted as the uncompromising artist who went to the grave for his art."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mary Jordan's documentary is an impressive, fascinating achievement."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The film tries a little too fastidiously to piece together a life its owner tried quite brazenly to shatter."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"If modern art-lovers want to understand what the Jack Smith experience was like, Jordan's documentary may be their best chance."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"There is invaluable material here, but also a lack of context for the wonderfully outre footage."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Eccentric and pure like its hero, JSDA may appall or bore the many but should delight devotees of the real reel underground."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Alternately bizarre and inspired, but an appropriate tribute to an uncompromisingly experimental innovator in the field of cinema."
‑ Kam Williams, Denver Urban Spectrum
"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."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"An intriguing, and profoundly frustrating, view of the New York underground hero."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"It's the only place you'll find clips of his notorious masterpiece Flaming Creatures (1963), and for that alone it's worth seeing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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