Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)

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Jack Smith - self-made creature of fantasy, documenter of real magic - is best-known for his baroque orgiastic celebration Flaming Creatures, a film banned in 22 states and four countries. Adopted as a cause celebré, Smith was so disgusted with the commercial art machine, that he never again made another 'finished product'. An anarchist, Smith declared art his only authority as he constructed fantastical utopias populated with bejewelled animals, a coterie of costumed 'creatures', and magical debris gathered from downtown New York. Although increasingly bitter as others cannibalised his work, he never stopped his manic quest for glamorous liberation. An assemblage of archival photographs, rare film and audio clips, Jordan's film offers a sumptuous portrait of this mystic and madman who irrevocably altered the fields of experimental theatre, photography, performance and avant-garde film.

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