Sunday, May 07, 2006

Jack Smith and the Destruction Of Atlantis (film): 05/06/2006

When I told people I was seeing the documentary, Jack Smith and the Destruction Of Atlantis, most people said, “Who’s Jack Smith?” That is why Mary Jordan’s wonderful film is so important. Beginning with the beautiful opening titles, Jordan grabs you, entertains you and informs you; she documents why Smith was the most important artist of the late 20th Century. His influence on photography (Sherman), film (Warhol, Fellini, Waters) and performance (Foreman) is clearly demonstrated. The interviews with Richard Foreman, Judith Malina, Mary Woronov, Ronald Tavel, John Vaccaro, John Waters and Uncle Fish-hook himself, Jonas Mekas (among others) and the video and film clips are invaluable. The film hypotheses that it was experience with his film Flaming Creatures that caused him to leave most of his later work purposely unfinished so that he would forever be in control of it. This film is a must-see for anyone who cares about art.

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