The Films of Jack Smith

Jack smith filmsRavishing, Radical, and Restored: The Films of Jack Smith
Co-presented by San Francisco Cinematheque
Jan 16–30
Screening Room
All new restored 16mm prints, courtesy of Gladstone Gallery

Jack Smith (1932-1989) profoundly changed experimental film and theater forever, inspiring artists as diverse as Robert Wilson, John Waters, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol, to name only a few. His uncompromising work blended distorted orientalism, burlesque, fluid sexuality, social critique, and deadpan satire into an orgy of radical ecstasy. This series presents brand-new restorations of Smith’s films, all presented on glorious 16mm film. We also screen two documentaries that provide context for a deeper understanding of Smith’s aesthetic and influence.


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