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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.

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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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28 April 1995 (USA)  »

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$3,174,695
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Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Robert Crumb: [looking at sketches he's done of female classmates] Ah, where are they now? It was 30 years ago. 30 years ago, they're all middle-aged housewives now. Jesus, what a thought.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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35th Street Blues
Composed by Charles Levy
Performed by David Boeddinghaus
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Portrait of an Artist
23 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'm writing this mostly as a rebuttal to some of the bad reviews. This is an honest portrait of an artist, like him or not, it's well done, and certainly thought provoking; and while he may not be the best spoken man on earth I thought the film was amazing. But be forewarned he is, to put it plainly, perverted and incredibly eccentric but also honest and self aware, take it for what you will.

**possible spoilers below** One comment accused the film of being voyeuristic and going against what Crumb's art is about-which is ludicrous, in the film he sits in a few lounges and draws portraits of people in his sketchpad that are more than voyeuristic- everything about his art lends itself to this kind of look into his life. Hell, he has autobiographical comics that are just as voyeuristic as the film. It's Crumb in his own words closing a chapter of his life.


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