Along with hundreds of slides and scores of scripts, Jack Smith left a number of super8 camera rolls. One of these features a particularly striking appearance by the Lobster in full regalia. Another half dozen rolls, seemingly from the same project, appear to have been shot by Smith himself in the Plaster Foundation. Two later rolls, including Putting Litter in Pool (1977), present the artist performing on the Mall in Washington DC at the time of the National Gallery’s enormously popular Tutankhamen exhibit.
J. Hoberman / Live Film! Jack Smith!
the father of the Cinema of Transgression and the initiator of camp and thrash trends, has, since the 1950s, been creating anarchist films and performances inspired by Hollywood B movies. In his productions, transvestites and drag-queens radically manifested their sexuality. Smith made his movies purposefully violate all the principles of zero-style cinema. They inspired later generations of cinematic outcasts and experimenters. Smith was born in Ohio in 1932 and moved to New York in the 1950s. He began using film no longer independently but as a component of performances. His Midnight Performances often started as late as 2 a.m. and lasted several hours. In many of his LIVE FILM performances, Smith completely reedited the film material, integrating excerpts, slides, text, and music. After Smith's death as a result of AIDS in 1989, Jim Hoberman and Penny Arcade founded the "Plaster Foundation", which commissioned Jerry Tartaglia to restore his films.
1950–1966 Porządne istoty / Respectable Creatues (short)
1960 Przestymulowany / Overstimulated (short)
1962 Taśma klejąca / Scotch Tape (short)
1963 Płonące istoty / Flaming Creatures
1963 Normalna miłość / Normal Love
1963 Żółta sekwencja / The Yellow Sequence (short)
1967 Ziele z wyspy Technikolor / Reefers of the Technicolor Island / Jungle Island (short)
1967–1970 (1998) Byłam panem Yvonne De Carlo / I Was a Male Yvonne De Carlo (short)
1968 Bez prezydenta / No President
1969 Piosenka do wynajęcia / Song for Rent (short)
1970 Ujęcia bez tytułu / Untitled Film Rushes
1971 Północ w Plaster Foundation / Midnight at the Plaster Foundation (short)
1978 Sinbad z Bagdadu / Sinbad of Baghdad (short)
1979 Oszołomy / Hot Air Specialists (short)