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The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (1988)

Using takes and rehearsals discarded from the original edit plus interviews made during the shooting, Zappa reconstructs the bizarre story of 200 Motels, one of the most problematic ... See full synopsis »

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Using takes and rehearsals discarded from the original edit plus interviews made during the shooting, Zappa reconstructs the bizarre story of 200 Motels, one of the most problematic projects in his career. The shooting lasted a week and only a third of the original script was ever used. Director Tony Palmer resigned, asking to not credit him; the orchestra hired to play the background music boycotted the recording sessions. Amid the wreckage, Zappa himself had to take over directing and editing. The whole process is retold here, no words spared or minced.

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A GREAT COMPANION TO THE MOVIE!
25 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Well-made and well-told behind-the-scenes look at the making of his 1971 film, "200 Motels". Best moments including the firing of Jeff Simmons, and the replacing of Martin Licket in the role of Jeff. Excellent companion to the movie itself!


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