This selection of Ken Jacob's early works, filmed on the Lower East Side not far from Metrograph's location at 7 Ludlow Street, offers a glimpse into the burgeoning American Underground of the 1960s, featuring characters including Jack Smith, and into the mind one of the most wildly creative and influential film artists and teachers in the history of the medium.
In Blonde Cobra, dubbed “the masterpiece of Baudelairean cinema” by Jonas Mekas, Jacobs turns his camera on fellow underground icon Jack Smith. Selected by Harry Kroessler.
Ken Jacobs documents the tradition of eager haggling and bargain hunting that once took place on the Lower East Side commercial thoroughfare of the title. Selected by Harry Kroessler.
Jacobs, always interested in experiments in perception, uses his camera to contemplate the frame of a window and the exterior beyond. Selected by Harry Kroessler.
A collection of smaller silent segments made between 1956 and ’63. Selected by Harry Kroessler.