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Crumb -- A wild documentary ride through the mind of artistic genius and sexual obsession.

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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:
18 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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disturbing, compelling See more (93 total) »

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
Andrew Reichsman .... location manager (as Andy Reichsman)
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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The late Gene Siskel considered it the best film of the year.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:One time my brother Charles brought this thing back from the dump, it was this beautiful wooden truck, this ice cream truck made out of wood. I wanted that thing really bad and he wouldn't let me touch it or anything, he was real spiteful that way. So I made a big fuss and I told my mother and she said "Charles...
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
disturbing, compelling, 20 November 2002

I was drawn to this flick as I channel surfed on IFC. Once you start watching, you cannot take your eyes away, like watching a train wreck. This is one very strange person, and one is ready to consign him to the loony bin until you meet the rest of the family, whereupon Robert comes up looking like the very picture of sunny sanity. His brothers Max and George are so clearly unbalanced (and mom's wrapping isn't very tightly tied either), and in mental pain, that it is disturbing to listen to their tortured self-analyses; yet, like some sort of horrible natural disaster unfolding before your eyes, you feel compelled to watch. The home in which George lives with his mother is a showcase of squalor. The revelations of their horrible childhoods with a sadistic and bullying father and an amphetamine-crazed mother, are further horrors in this macabre family story. The refusal of the 2 sisters to be interviewed for the story is an omission that speaks loudly, in view of the revelations of the twisted sexual fantasies of all three brothers; one cannot help wondering what the sisters would have had to say.

Aside from Crumb's apparent weirdness, right down to his off-the-wall physical appearance and sartorial habits, his comments on American culture - its materialism and its aesthetic barbarism - are dead on. One notes with interest the photography collection Crumb show us of power lines, telephone poles, traffic signals, and the other arcana of the ugly technological "background view" of our culture - to which we have become inured - which he uses as a reference for his work, because who could imagine such stuff?

Robert Crumb - or at least the impression one takes of him from this movie - is an ambiguously enigmatic character, driven by darkly bizarre inner sexual demons, yet with a weird sort of innocence and compelling aesthetic vision that isolates him from American culture. We are not surprised, at the end, when he decamps himself and his family off to a village in southern France. We are also not surprised to learn that George committed suicide shortly after the completion of the project.

The movie itself is coldly dispassionate, making no commentary or judgement on these people, but letting everything and everyone speak for himself. The result is a disturbing yet compelling portrait of a troubled artist and the personal and family history that shaped him.

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