This is a documentary about an unfinished movie. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention try to film the sci-fi epic "Uncle Meat."

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Ray Collins ...
Himself / Bill Yurds
Aynsley Dunbar ...
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Uncle Meat, who sometimes goes under the guises of Don Preston and Biff Debris, is an eccentric character who believs in musical progress and enjoys drinking fuming beakers and transforming into a monster. After seeing footage of him (as Don) transforming in this way while fighting for musical progress, film editor Phyllis Altenhaus meets him in person and falls in love. Later the two meet again at a pool hall under the guises of Biff Debris and Sheba Flieshman and they share a kinky shower scene together where they indulge each other's fetishes of clothes and hamburgers and declare their mutual love. Meanwhile, Uncle Meat and his band are secretly working on a hit single (made up of household items carefully arranged on a cloth) which they hope will change the world for the better by improving everyone's karma. However, no matter what he does, he can't seem to compose a hit and eventually, after he and Sheba have been married for over twelve years, his obsession with composing a ... Written by John Searcy <searcy@onramp.net>

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Mr. Green Genes
Written by Frank Zappa
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31 July 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Only for the true Zappa fanatic. I saw this three years ago, about two years into my newfound love for Zappa's music. To some extent, there is always some joy in seeing your heros on the screen- so I did not regret seeing it. But it's really bad. The movie was begun in the late sixties, and finished in the eighties. If I remember correctly , there are some musical performances which were alright. But there also were numerous lame sequences. A guy expresses his fantasy to be beaten by a toilet brush, somebody eats a cheeseburger while taking a shower, some woman repeatedly returns to the topic of a rubber chicken. Just lots of uninteresting would-be skits. Kind of like being stuck at some unknown relative's house watching home movies, but with even less narrative. Bad.


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