Jack Smith and the Destruction Of Atlantis
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Jack Smith and the Destruction Of Atlantis
The underground art of renegade performance artist, photographer, and filmmaker Jack Smith is explored through the images he created and the words of those who knew him best in filmmaker Mary Jordan's tribute to the man believed to have inspired some of Andy Warhol's most iconic works. A virulent utopian and anti-capitalist whose works spanned from the 1960s to the late-1980s, Smith gained notoriety early on in his career when he went battled the Supreme Court over the banning of his controversial work "Flaming Creatures." An enigmatic artist whose work remains on the fringes… More
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
"There is invaluable material here, but also a lack of context for the wonderfully outre footage."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Depicted as the uncompromising artist who went to the grave for his art."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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, more or less invented performance art."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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
"Alternately bizarre and inspired, but an appropriate tribute to an uncompromisingly experimental innovator in the field of cinema."
‑ Kam Williams, Denver Urban Spectrum
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