Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 26, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Depicted as the uncompromising artist who went to the grave for his art.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

If modern art-lovers want to understand what the Jack Smith experience was like, Jordan's documentary may be their best chance.

John Anderson

There is invaluable material here, but also a lack of context for the wonderfully outre footage.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Eccentric and pure like its hero, JSDA may appall or bore the many but should delight devotees of the real reel underground.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's the only place you'll find clips of his notorious masterpiece Flaming Creatures (1963), and for that alone it's worth seeing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Brown
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… More