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Crumb

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Director: Terry Zwigoff

Cast: Robert Hughes, Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky

     
 

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Crumb in its DVD version offers English subtitles but no other languages, Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound, one theatrical trailer, and the original 1.66:1 theatrical aspect ratio converted to widescreen letterbox format (single layering only); no other special features are included. A glossy three-page foldout inside the DVD snap case lists the chapter index, the film

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Crumb in its DVD version offers English subtitles but no other languages, Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound, one theatrical trailer, and the original 1.66:1 theatrical aspect ratio converted to widescreen letterbox format (single layering only); no other special features are included. A glossy three-page foldout inside the DVD snap case lists the chapter index, the film's awards, and its status as a cultural icon; a small-sized accompanying booklet advertises movies by Columbia TriStar Home Video but not where to order them. Because much of the film is shot by a hand-held and constantly moving video camera, the picture is correspondingly grainy and erratic and the sound quality minimal, often fading in and out depending on where the characters happen to be located at a particular time.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/1999
UPC:
0043396106994
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Language: English; Subtitles: English; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Full-screen format

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:22]
2. Aline Crumb [3:23]
3. Old Music [4:03]
4. Charles Crumb [3:27]
5. Maxon Crumb [15:05]
6. Don Donahue [4:13]
7. Dana Crumb [2:29]
8. Angelfood McSpade [:42]
9. Underground Comix [2:38]
10. Rodriguez & Griffith [1:41]
11. Deirdre English [6:15]
12. Peggy Orenstein [:56]
13. Two Recluses [4:26]
14. Kathy Goodell [4:17]
15. Dian Hanson [1:01]
16. Leg Show Photo Shoot [6:06]
17. Aline's Comics [2:13]
18. Jesse Crumb [2:36]
19. Weirdo [8:32]
20. A Bitchin' Bod'! [13:14]
21. Maxon's Art [2:41]
22. Charles' Last Works [8:18]
23. Eating Cloth [1:33]
24. Suicide Attempts [2:32]
25. Robert, Sophie & Jesse [3:25]
26. A Short History of America [:51]
27. Moving Day [4:27]
28. Where Are They Now? [3:13]

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Crumb 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Hibari More than 1 year ago
A probing account of Robert Crumb's rise to cult status in the comic world. Honest, unflinching, and provocative, it gives a thorough portrait of his life with all the details, good and bad.
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