In his essay film, Jerry Tartaglia, longtime archivist and restorer of the film estate of queer New York underground, experimental film, and performance legend Jack Smith, deals less with Smith’s life than with his work, analyzing Smith’s aesthetic idiosyncrasies in 21 thematic chapters. It's a film essay about the artist’s work, rather than a documentary about his life. An unmediated vision of Jack Smith, an invitation to join him in his lost paradise.

  1. Jerry Tartaglia


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  1. Jack Smith

    Jack Smith

    Himself (archive footage)

  2. Mario Montez

    Mario Montez

    Himself (archive footage)

  3. Beverly Grant

    Herself (archive footage)

  4. Tony Conrad

    Himself (archive footage)

  5. Agosto Machado

    Agosto Machado

    Himself (archive footage)

  6. Francis Francine

    Himself (archive footage)

  7. Irving Rosenthal

    Himself (archive footage)

  8. Tally Brown

    Herself (archive footage)

  9. Mary Waronor

    Herself (archive footage)

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Escape From Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith
Escape From Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith

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