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Crumb (Criterion) [Blu-ray]
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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.
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This is a really strange man, basically a recluse who never seems comfortable with himself or anyone else -- it's quite amazing he would allow a film crew in to follow him around for such a significant amount of time. He's not shy about discussing any part of his life or his work, however, taking us all the way back to his childhood. The man's artistic talents, even as a child, are undoubtedly extraordinary and certainly unique in terms of the exaggerated way he tends to draw things, especially people.Read more ›
"Crumb" offers amazing access to R. Crumb and his family, but the man himself remains an enigma - an entertaining and fascinating enigma, but an enigma nonetheless. Still, Zwigoff's probing camera gets behind the man and his art, his fans and detractors, and delivers a wonderful portrait of the man and a great appreciation of his work - even his most off-putting, misogynistic work.
But it's when Zwigoff talks to Robert's family that we see the true effects of a horrible, and horror-filled, childhood. Both of his brothers are intelligent and considerably talented, but they were unable to find a healthy outlet to escape a tyrannical father (his abuse is only hinted at in the movie), and their stories are deeply affecting - and difficult to watch.
So "Crumb" is either life-affirming or terribly depressing. I vote for the first option, which is why I'm the proud owner of the DVD. You wont find a much better documentary, or a more powerful drama, than "Crumb."
Only the twist is that Robert found that such respite already had a charge to it " he confesses to having been sexually attracted to Bugs Bunny at the age of six.
Zwigoff, who has known Crumb as a friend for more than 25 years and took six years to make the film, elicits the most candid of interviews with his subjects " to the point that they at times feel like a family-therapy session that includes the artist's ex-wives and girlfriends as well as his current spouse, the cartoonist Aline Kominsky. All have a line on his sexual obsessions, both off and on page.Read more ›
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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