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Star Spangled to Death
1957 - USA - Social Issues/Performance Art
Reviewed by Dave Kehr
Type: Documentary
Distributor: Big Commotion Pictures
Release Date: May 21, 2004
Rating: NR
Running Time: 393 minutes
Starring: Jack Smith, Jerry Sims
Directed by: Ken Jacobs
REVIEW SUMMARY
With a running time of 6 hours and 42 minutes, this movie is the magnum opus of the independent filmmaker Ken Jacobs. Begun in 1957 as a backyard bohemian romp starring the avant-garde legend Jack Smith — an amazing proto-drag performer who later directed his own underground classic, "Flaming Creatures" — the project grew over the years to include huge chunks of appropriated material, including, for example, the entirety of Richard Nixon's 1952 Checkers speech and what seems like most of an early 1930's documentary on what was then known as "darkest Africa." For this provisionally definitive version, Mr. Jacobs has brought his film up to date with topical references to the war in Iraq and the Bush administration. Whether or not this is the final cut of "Star Spangled to Death" (Mr. Jacobs is a youthful 70, with plenty of time for further modifications), it stands as a rare living, breathing example of American avant-garde filmmaking, a species unfortunately well on its way to extinction. — Dave Kehr, The New York Times

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  CAST FOR 'Star Spangled to Death'

Jack Smith - The Spirit Not of Life But of Living
Jerry Sims - Suffering
Ken Jacobs


  PRODUCTION CREDITS

Ken Jacobs - Editor, Director


  AWARDS

Best Experimental Film (win) 2004 L.A. Film Critics Association


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