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Crumb -- David Lynch produced this wild documentary that profiles the mind of underground comic book creator, artistic genius, sexual obsessive, and Fritz the Cat creator, R. Crumb.

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Release Date:
28 April 1995 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Weird sex · Obsession · Comic books
Plot:
An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
15 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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
Dian Hanson ... Herself
Sophie Crumb ... Herself
Jesse Crumb ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Frantz ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry Zwigoff 
 
Produced by
Albert Berger .... executive producer
Lianne Halfon .... executive producer
Neal Halfon .... co-producer
Lynn O'Donnell .... producer
Lawrence Wilkinson .... executive producer
Terry Zwigoff .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Boeddinghaus 
 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti 
 
Film Editing by
Victor Livingston 
 
Sound Department
David Franklin Bergad .... sound editor
Scott Breindel .... sound
Sara Chin .... assistant sound recordist
Chris Choy .... assistant sound recordist
Curtis Choy .... location sound recordist
Francesca Dodd .... dialogue editor
Doug Dunderdale .... assistant sound recordist
Michael Emery .... assistant sound recordist
Marjorie L. Hagar .... sound synchronisation
John Haptas .... assistant sound recordist
Scott Levitin .... dialogue editor
Steve Longstreth .... assistant sound recordist
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Wendy McLaughlin .... sound synchronisation
Walter Murch .... sound re-recording mixer
E. Jeane Putnam .... dialogue editor
Patti Tauscher .... sound synchronisation
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Arcidiacono .... assistant camera
Debbie Brubaker .... assistant camera
Michael Chin .... camera operator
Ray Day .... camera operator
Tina Di Feliciantonio .... assistant camera
Doug Dunderdale .... assistant camera
Jon Else .... camera operator
Ashley James .... camera operator
Kyle Kibbe .... camera operator
Hilary Morgan .... assistant camera
Nancy Morita .... camera operator
Steven Okazaki .... assistant camera
Tomas Tucker .... camera operator
Poly Veitzer .... assistant camera
David Weissman .... assistant camera
Mustapha Barat .... camera operator: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Helen Dersjant .... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Gene Zippo .... color timer
 
Music Department
David Boeddinghaus .... music arranger
James P. Johnson .... composer: song "Harlem Strut"
 
Other crew
Melissa Axelrod .... transcriptions
Eva Eilenberg .... intern
Jim Kallet .... edge-coding
John McCormick .... supply boy
Sean O'Brien .... production accountant
John Pierson .... producer's representative
Andy Reichsman .... location manager
Kippy Robinson .... production assistant
Jane Schneider .... intern
J. Michael Stremel .... production assistant
Jay Tannenbaum .... fundraising clip editor
Kim Yu .... publicist: canada
 
Thanks
Charles Crumb .... dedicatee
John Hays .... thanks
Joe Hutshing .... thanks
 

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Rated R for graphic sex-related cartoons, and for language
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119 min
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Trivia:
Prior to the film's release, Robert Crumb's brother Charles committed suicide.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: "San Francisco" is misspelled in the closing titles. The caption reads: "Max Crumb still lives in San Francicsco".See more »
Quotes:
Robert Crumb:When I - what was it - about five or six? - I was sexually attracted to Bugs Bunny. And I - I cut out this Bugs Bunny off the cover of a comic book and carried it around with me. Carried it around in my pocket and took it out and looked at it periodically...
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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
candid, 6 December 2001
Author: (steven.swenson@mdsaero.ca) from Ottawa, Canada

Crumb takes a deeply personal look at 60's counterculture artist Robert Crumb. The film focuses upon three decades of Crumb's artwork to reconstruct his unhappy childhood, days with Zap Comix in the late 60's, `dark side' period and recent life. Interviews with him, his wife Aline, family and friends reveal the motives behind his astounding creativity. Crumb is sometimes hilarious, often depressing and always entertaining – a rare combination in a documentary film.

During childhood, Crumb and his brothers Charles and Maxon found solace from their tyrannical father in comic books and drawing cartoons. Crumb escaped the mental illness that ended both his brother's careers as artists (Charles was equally as talented), but otherwise had a perfectly miserable childhood and adolescence. Socially awkward, bullied at school and rejected by women, he decided in 1962 (at age 17) to take revenge upon society `by becoming a famous artist'.

In 1966, his chemically inspired `revelations of some seamy side of America's subconscious' caught the eye of a Haight Street publisher in San Francisco and Zap Comix was born. Zap was an outlet for his creative energy, which was rooted in his social difficulties. He was uninterested in money and once turned down a $100,000 contract – a huge sum of money in those days. Although identified with the hippie crowd, he could not relate to their culture: `My main motivation [for drawing] was to get some of that free love action'.

After a few years of fame, he retired from Zap to express the darker side of his nature. His later work frequently contained sadistic and violent themes and was sometimes labeled as pornography by friends and critics alike. Even Crumb isn't sure of his intent: `Maybe I should be locked up and my pencils taken away from me'.

Critic Robert Hughes says that in Crumb's world there are no heroes and `even the victims are comic' – ideas that don't jive with traditional American culture. But Crumb has always considered himself to be an outsider and enjoys the feeling of `being very removed or extremely separated from the rest of humanity and the world in general'. `Words fail me, pictures aren't much better' to describe his disgust with American consumerism. He now lives in France because its culture is `slightly less evil than the United States'.

The film is embarrassingly candid about unhappy details of Crumb's life, such as his brothers' mental illness, experiments with drugs and ambivalent attitudes towards women. Yet it is apparent that there is no misery or violence in this man – it's all on paper. (Rating: A)

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