Crumb

Crumb

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Director: Terry Zwigoff

Cast: Robert Hughes, Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky

     
 

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So well-regarded was the documentary Crumb (1994) that the failure of it and of the same year's equally acclaimed Hoop Dreams (1994) to result in Oscar nominations caused a media furor which forced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revamp its documentary nomination process. Robert Crumb is a respected but controversial underground comicSee more details below

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So well-regarded was the documentary Crumb (1994) that the failure of it and of the same year's equally acclaimed Hoop Dreams (1994) to result in Oscar nominations caused a media furor which forced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revamp its documentary nomination process. Robert Crumb is a respected but controversial underground comic book artist and writer whose creations include the popular "Keep on Truckin'" and Fritz the Cat (1972). Crumb's adult subject matter includes weird sexual obsessions, social criticism, and personal, confessional observations about abnormal human psychology. The genesis and meaning of Crumb's work is explained through a series of interviews with his colleagues, former lovers, and especially family members, which reveal a horrific upbringing that has crippled both Crumb and his siblings -- but has also fueled the artist's groundbreaking work. A long-time friend of the film's subject, director Terry Zwigoff followed Crumb (1994) with another comic book-related project, Ghost World (2000), a drama based on a story from the anthology series "Eightball" by Daniel Clowes.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Without flinching, Terry Zwigoff's documentary film presents one of America's most bizarre, perverse, and important underground comic book creators, Robert Crumb. By focusing on Crumb's early influences, particularly his older brother, Charles, an artistic genius done in by the family's funky dysfunctionality, the film suggests the sources for the darkly creative mind that has given us "Keep on Truckin'," Fritz the Cat, and Mr. Natural. The documentary consists largely of Q&A's with Crumb's colleagues, family members, and ex-lovers, old family photographs, archival drawings, and real-time scenes of Crumb interacting or explaining his artistic efforts. Ultimately what emerges from the montage is a portrait of the artist as a cantankerous eccentric. While the art historian Robert Hughes likens Crumb to Bruegel and Goya, the feminist cultural historian Deirdre English (both she and Hughes appear in the film) notes the disturbing, misogynistic streak running through the Crumb portfolio. Creepy but utterly riveting and ultimately quite moving, CRUMB is remarkable for its daring honesty and incisive detail.
All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff was able to make Crumb because of his friendship with the subject, but the film is definitely not hagiography. Because much of the artist's work is so personal, any study of Robert Crumb must take into account his prickly and decidedly randy personality. Zwigoff also had a great sense of timing, catching Crumb in a bit of a mid-life crisis, as he decamps from his longtime home in California to the south of France. The energy of the 1960s which fueled some of Crumb's most celebrated art has long ago dissipated, and when Crumb convincingly disavows being identified with that tumultuous time (he hates rock music, preferring to listen to his collection of blues music on original 78 rpm vinyl), you sense that he's a man who has been out of step all his life. Rather than merely depict the symptoms of Crumb's worried mind, Zwigoff includes enormously effective interview material with two of Robert's brothers (one of whom died after film was completed). Few filmmakers are allowed that kind of privileged look into their subjects' upbringing, and the brothers' recollections of their childhood and ruminations on their blighted lives suggest that art provided Robert with a reasonably effective way of dealing with past traumas.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
UPC:
0043396144453
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
22,685

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally remastered for the best possible picture and sound; Roger Ebert & Terry Zwigoff audio commentary; Exclusive scene from Terry Zwigoff's new film Art School Confidential

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Hughes Art Critic
Robert Crumb Himself
Aline Kominsky Actor
Charles Crumb Actor
Maxon Crumb Actor

Technical Credits
Terry Zwigoff Director,Producer
Maryse Alberti Cinematographer
Albert Berger Executive Producer
David Boeddinghaus Score Composer
Scott Breindel Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Chin Camera Operator
Jon Else Camera Operator
Neal Halfon Co-producer
Lianne Halfon Executive Producer
Ashley James Camera Operator
Kyle Kibbe Camera Operator
Victor Livingston Editor
David Lynch Producer
Lynn O'Donnell Producer
Tomas Tucker Camera Operator
Lawrence Wilkinson Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crumb
1. Start [3:07]
2. An Isolated Nature [4:27]
3. Inspiration From the Past [4:17]
4. Brother Charles [4:34]
5. A Family Production [2:47]
6. Animated Attraction [3:22]
7. Nightmares of High School [3:09]
8. Not So Normal Teen [2:07]
9. Fine Art of Fame [3:38]
10. Among His People [5:13]
11. A Psychedelic Style [5:55]
12. The Sickness Beneath [7:48]
13. Mother of the Man [5:16]
14. The Power of Sex [10:06]
15. Creative Parenting [5:41]
16. Horrors of Suburbia [3:19]
17. Issues With Dad [4:50]
18. A Controversial Bod [5:27]
19. Frightening Fantasies [7:02]
20. Maxon's Creative Explosion [3:26]
21. Twilight of Talent [3:54]
22. Unhealthy Fascinations [2:40]
23. Misunderstood Minds [1:43]
24. Methods of Coping [4:06]
25. A Hard Thing to Show [2:49]
26. A Short History [1:27]
27. The Last Day [4:27]
28. Pulling the Shade [3:42]

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