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

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Media reports following the film said that Robert Crumb later told Terry Zwigoff that he hated the film. According to Zwigoff, however, this never happened and the two still speak on a regular basis. 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 »

Quotes

Terry Zwigoff: What are you trying to get at in your work?
Robert Crumb: Jesus! I dunno. I don't work in terms of conscious messages. I can't do that. It has to be something that I'm revealing to myself while I'm doing it. It's hard to explain. Which means that, while I'm doing it, I don't know what it's about. You have to have the courage, or the... to take that chance, you know? What's gonna come out? What's coming out of this? I enjoy drawing. It's a deeply ingrained habit.
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35th Street Blues
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An unusual tribute to the artistic mind
5 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

A great movie about how expressing yourself through art can save your sanity. People who didn't know anything about R. Crumb beforehand (like me) can get a look at what drives the stories and characters in his often vulgar artwork and comics. For instance, any of the villains in his work are based on people who made his life a living hell when he was kid. Decades after the fact he still seems to be nurturing those old grudges. At first it seems a bit petty and immature but then we meet his two brothers. They are both talented artists as well but they never learned to express themselves through their works as Robert did. They never found an outlet for their obsessions. Charles became an introvert who hadn't left his mother's house for many years and Maxon developed a fondness for sexual harassing women and sitting on nails. It was probably Robert Crumb's art that enabled him to escape from his own head.

All three brothers talk in a very articulate yet somewhat detached manner. You get the sense of love between them, buried beneath decades of pain and emotional repression. When a picture of them as teenagers sitting next to each other on the couch is shown, all of them handsome and apparently very intelligent and artistic, I felt sad and maybe even a little mad. Why were they "chosen" to be the big victims in life? Poor Charles Crumb never had a chance. Crumb is a great movie that probes the darker corners of human emotions (Bobby Driscoll?!) and a tribute to the usefulness of an artistic mind. **** out of ****


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