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Terry Zwigoff's landmark 1995 film is an intimate documentary portrait of underground artist Robert Crumb, whose unique drawing style and sexually and racially provocative subject matter have made him a household name in popular American art. Zwigoff candidly and colorfully delves into the details of Crumb's incredible career, as well as his past, including his family of reclusive eccentrics, some of the most remarkable people you'll ever see on-screen. At once a profound biographical portrait, a riotous examination of a man's controversial art, and a devastating look at a troubled family, Crumb is a genuine American original.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES * New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Terry Zwigoff, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack * Two audio commentaries, one from 2010 with Zwigoff, and one from 2006, featuring Zwigoff and critic Roger Ebert * Outtakes and deleted scenes * Stills gallery * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
Robert Crumb is known for his disturbing, yet compelling, underground cartoons: his most famous works made countercultural icons out of Mr. Natural ("Keep on Truckin'...") and Fritz the Cat. Terry Zwigoff delves into the odd world of the cartoonist in his documentary film Crumb, and the picture that emerges is not always pretty--at moments, it's almost repellent--but it's a fascinating glimpse into a very strange mind. Interviewing immediate family--Crumb has one suicidal brother, one semi-psychopathic brother, two sisters who declined to be interviewed, and a tyrannical mother--Crumb begins to look a bit saner. Given his surroundings, it's remarkable that he has survived so well. His hostilities toward women may turn some viewers off, but his wife, Aline, seems to be a grounding point, and she provides a solid counterbalance to the man. No one shies away from discussing incredibly intimate things (namely, sex!), which explains much of R. Crumb's cartoons. This documentary can definitely be considered a masterpiece for the cult crowd, and as for the rest of us, it's sure to make us feel a little better about our own lives! --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Although I haven't received my copy, I have seen this doc before quite a while ago and I'll tell you this; it was on late one night and I should have gone to bed but I just... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2013 by DavewhammybarMac
What a fascinating family, so glad they let us glimpse their eccentricities head on, to me it was liberating. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by bookfan
Wow! I knew R. Crumb was off-beat, but I had no idea how much so. And his family is really messed up, much worse off than Robert Crumb. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by James R. Mckinley
What can you say about the iconclastic artist r. crumb, profane, sexist, racist,pervert, a genuis, this movie explains why in more ways than one his brother is sucidal who had a... Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by E. D. Daniels
....sounds like you're reviewing the PERSON rather than the FILM.
I share R's love of old time blues and big band music and, like many others, I view R. Read more
I own this film and I must say that I like Robert Crumb's taste in the blues and I share a lot of his views about the shallowness of American culture. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004
I`m not a big comic book fan but I was quite aware of American artist Robert Crumb and his crazy drawings. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by R. Cousineau