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Crumb (1994)

R  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Comedy  |  28 April 1995 (USA)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Crumb ...
Himself
Aline Kominsky ...
Herself (as Aline Crumb)
Charles Crumb ...
Himself
Maxon Crumb ...
Himself
Robert Hughes ...
Himself
Martin Muller ...
Himself
Don Donahue ...
Himself
Dana Morgan ...
Herself (as Dana Crumb)
Trina Robbins ...
Herself
Spain Rodriguez ...
Himself
Bill Griffith ...
Himself
Deirdre English ...
Herself
Peggy Orenstein ...
Herself
Beatrice Crumb ...
Herself
Kathy Goodell ...
Herself
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This movie chronicles the life and times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On Truckin', Fritz the Cat, and played a major pioneering role in the genesis of underground comix. Through interviews with his mother, two brothers, wife, and ex-girlfriends, as well as selections from his vast quantity of graphic art, we are treated to a darkly comic ride through one man's subconscious mind. As stream-of-consciousness images incessantly flow forth from the tip of his pen, biting social satire is revealed, often along with a disturbing and haunting vision of Crumb's own betes noires and inadequacies. As his acid-trip induced images flicker across our own retinas, we gain a little insight into this complex and highly creative individual. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Weird sex · Obsession · Comic books


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Rated R for graphic sex-related cartoons, and for language | See all certifications »

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During his years-long, money-starved struggle to make this documentary, director Terry Zwigoff was laid up in bed with crippling back pain and was suicidally depressed. See more »

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"San Francisco" is misspelled in the closing titles. The caption reads: "Max Crumb still lives in San Francicsco". See more »

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Robert Crumb: France isn't - you know - perfect, or anything, but - it's just - oh, slightly less evil than the United States.
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Heartbreaking and funny as hell
28 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

What are the odds that an artist can survive family violence, mental illness, sexual rejection, and Big Mac culture? As far as this film can make clear, three members of the Crumb family had strong artistic temperaments and significant talent. Only one, Robert, made it out alive, and his life and work are defined by resistance to what should have been a sad fate.

To many, this documentary may be depressing, offensive to women, or just too damn ugly to sit through, but it made me as happy as anything I've ever seen on screen. Art's ability to reveal truth and promote survival is evident in every frame. I admire R. Crumb's courage to speak unpopular truths, to draw what gets him off, and to ferret out the art he loves at considerable expense and trouble (he's a blues maven; one of my favorite scenes, where's he's sitting on his floor absorbed by aching music, is echoed in Ghost World, when Enid takes home Seymour's record and gets lost in her favorite song). And like Ghost World, ratty, real American culture is railed at hilariously: another favorite scene involves R. on a park bench, disgustedly commenting on the ugliness of everything around him: logo-emblazoned clothes, graceless music, ugly plastic everything.

By the end of it all, I respected and liked him Crumb enormously. I'd take his scary-woman worship over the banal musings of a dime-store philosopher any day. And Terry Zwigoff deserves much praise for being able to pull it off (especially as a first-time filmmaker who had very little idea what he was doing). From high art and family pathos to a lovely animal appreciation of big round female asses, this is far more a "roller-coaster, I laughed/I cried" film than most others so touted.


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