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Baby Snakes (1979)

Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation.

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Himself
Adrian Belew ...
Himself - Guitar
Tommy Mars ...
Himself - Keyboards
Terry Bozzio ...
Himself - Drums
Kerry McNabb ...
Himself - Soundman
Ron Delsener ...
Himself - Concert Promoter
Bruce Bickford ...
Himself - Animator
Robert Leacock ...
Himself - Bickford's Cameraman (as Rob Leacock)
Ed Mann ...
Himself - Percussion
Warren Cuccurullo ...
Himself - Backstage Fan (as Warren Cucurullo)
Chrissie Martin ...
Herself - Cuccurullo's Girlfriend (as Chris Martin)
Klaus Hundsbichler ...
Himself - Bickford's Film Editor
Roy Estrada ...
Himself - The Mexican Pope
John Smothers ...
Himself - Zappa's Bodyguard
David B. Ditkowwich ...
Himself - Brooklyn For Zappa (as David Ditkowich)
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Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation. Written by Dan Priebe <av313@detroit.freenet.org>

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The film had particular trouble finding a distributor. Frank Zappa tried to interest Untied Artists, the company that released 200 Motels (1971). Fearing that they were about to be embroiled in the Heaven's Gate (1980) fiasco, they turned him down. Other studios followed in United Artists' footsteps, fearing that Zappa's trademark cinematic style had lost considerable appeal in post-'70s pop culture. Several European distributors told Zappa that there might be interest if it were cut from its original 168-minute running time. The film was cut to 90 minutes and still there were no takers. Even after Bruce Bickford's sequences won first prize at a French animated film competition, there was no interest. Eventually Zappa took it upon himself to distribute the film independently via his own Intercontinental Absurdities production company. The film ran 24 hours a day at the Victoria Theater in New York City and made a handsome profit. See more »

Quotes

Frank Zappa: God made three mistakes. First was the man. Second was the wo-man. Third was the poodle. He meant to make a German Shepherd but he fucked up.
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Movie goes on for 10 minutes after credits are over. See more »

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Referenced in Eaten Alive! (1980) See more »

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The Black Page #2
Performed by Frank Zappa
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Excellent!
3 June 1999 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

A must-see for every Zappa fan. This film must be seen in its original 3-hour version if possible. The live concert footage shows perfectly what an incredible musician/composer/bandleader Zappa was. The rest of the band (featuring Adrian Belew, Tommy Mars and Terry Bozzio) put in great performances as well. I wish the re-release of the "Baby Snakes" CD from four years ago was expanded to include more concert footage from this movie.


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