Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground
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- Richard Foreman
- Jonas Mekas
- Amy Taubin
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Smith has crafted a visually and artistically compelling portrait about a distinctive figure in a pivotal and exciting time.
Chuck Smith’s documentary is at once accessible and formally daring, echoing its subject’s style while simultaneously celebrating her radical achievements. It’s an enlightening nonfiction portrait of a feminist pioneer that, in this #MeToo era, should strike a timely chord.
The documentary's talking heads include Rubin's aunt and cousin as well as artists, friends and critics — notably Amy Taubin, whose personal recollections are particularly incisive. Even with this mix of voices, Smith doesn't try to fill in the many gaps in Rubin's story but to honor them, along with her creative and spiritual impulses.