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During years of astonishing activity as a filmmaker, photographer and performer, Jack Smith produced a body of creative, antic writing that intersects and transcends the genres of hothouse fantasy, criticism and social comment. This title reveals the ideas and personality of this artist.
Paperback, 177 pages
Published March 6th 1997 by Serpent's Tail
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Pieces of Jack Smith's writings and some little drawings, with occassional explanation or context from the editors. Smith's dazzling and unique creativity shines through, and his film work is illuminated from a deeper glimpse into his thought/creativity process. In this book, in his movies, and it seems that in his life, he created his own world, including his own vocabulary, set/apartment designs, and characters. Jack Smith made the movie "Flaming Creatures" in the early 60s. An "art" movie tha ...more
i loved "flaming creatures" but i didn't until recently realize that there was more to jack smith than that short and dazzling film. i think the editors of this book were a bit too concerned with gathering enough material for a book of a respectable length; you get pieces of more or less coherent art and film criticism but you also get journal entry rants about pot and porn, oh and a pretty terrible interview. while i'm not sure that a book is the best way to experience or document jack smith an ...more
A collection of Jack Smith's writing. Much of this material was nigh impossible to come by before publication of this book. Although he's best known as a filmmaker, and many of those films are silent, he has an inimitable verbal style in which intricate skeins of words are strung together. Witness titles such as "Amonia Pit of Atlantis: Evil in the Art World, or Walter Versus the Giant Knick Knacks."
During his lifetime Jack Smith was a legendary playwright, critic, and filmmaker with a small, but faithful cult following. His movie masterpiece Flaming Creatures defined avant-garde cinema in the 1960s. This collection of interviews, essays, and play scripts brings together most of Smith's unpublished work. With his sharp wit, shrewd observations, and radical aesthetics, Smith--who died of AIDS ...moreMore about Jack Smith...