Mary Jordan, Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

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Mary Jordan, Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

Hosted by Stephen Schaefer
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis movie poster.
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis movie poster.

One of the most influential underground artists of the '60s, Jack Smith - filmmaker, photographer, actor and full-time, life-long eccentric - had a willful disdain for celebrity even as he became the mentor and model for Andy Warhol, who famously admitted that Smith was "the only person I would ever try to copy." For her film The Destruction of Atlantis, writer-director Mary Jordan spent five years assembling interviews and, most importantly, extremely rare footage - including Smith's notorious, censored, sued, banned 1962 sex-drugs-nudity masterwork Flaming Creatures - for her incisive look at the late East Village denizen who was, in many respects, his own worst enemy.

Originally aired 4/30/07
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