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Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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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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
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Editorial Reviews

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: 4/25/2006
  • UPC: 043396144453
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,514

Cast & Crew

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

Disc #1 -- Crumb
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Fran├žais
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary With Terry Zwigoff and Roger Ebert: On
      Commentary With Terry Zwigoff and Roger Ebert: Off
      Sneak Peak of Art School Confidential
      Previews
         Capote
         Breakfast on Pluto
         Why We Fight
         London
         The Squid & the Whale
         The Tenants
         Dogtown & Z-Boys
         Masked and Anonymous
         Winged Migration
         Friends With Money
         Art School Confidential
   Previews
      Capote
      Breakfast on Pluto
      Why We Fight
      London
      The Squid & the Whale
      The Tenants
      Dogtown & Z-Boys
      Masked and Anonymous
      Winged Migration
      Friends With Money
      Art School Confidential
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A must see for "Crumb" fans, Fascinating for everyone

    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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