Little Stabs at Happiness (1962)

Run Time - 15 min.  |  
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Director Ken Jacobs shot this footage of Jack Smith and Jerry Sims in 1958, around the same time that he filmed both men for his epic Star Spangled to Death. In 1962, funds became available to print the film and add music. The only editing was Jacobs' insertion of whimsical title cards, such as "They stopped to think" and "It began to drizzle." Smith carries on gleefully in lurid makeup and impromptu costumes, gnawing on baby dolls, smoking pot, and carousing on the roof dressed like a clown.