Crumb

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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

Two audio commentaries, one featuring Zwigoff, from 2010, and one with Zwigoff and critic Roger Ebert, from 2006; More than fifty minutes of unused footage; Stills gallery
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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: 8/10/2010
  • UPC: 715515061315
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 20,154

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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  • 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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