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Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (2015)

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Theory of Obscurity tells the story of the renegade sound and video collective known as The Residents. A story that spans 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the ... See full summary »

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Don Hardy (as Don Hardy Jr.)

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Credited cast:
Jerry Casale Jerry Casale
Les Claypool
Chris Combs Chris Combs
Nolan Cook Nolan Cook ... Self
Carla Fabrizio Carla Fabrizio ... Self
Jon Fishman Jon Fishman
Matt Groening ... Self
Jerry Harrison
Molly Harvey Molly Harvey ... Self
Penn Jillette
Jim Knipfel Jim Knipfel
Gary Panter Gary Panter
The Residents ... The Residents
Steve Seid Steve Seid
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Theory of Obscurity tells the story of the renegade sound and video collective known as The Residents. A story that spans 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members. Our film takes viewers inside this incredibly private group with unprecedented access to their archives and their recent 40th anniversary tour. The Residents have released more than 60 albums, performed all over the world and inspired many people to be weird, take chances and find their own voice. Now, our film will introduce The Residents to a whole new generation. Written by Anonymous

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Turned me on to the band
8 February 2019 | by umimelectricSee all my reviews

Awesome documentary- really well done, regardless of what the subject matter is. Just a quality film. It happens that while I've been in the know of many great bands before my time on Earth (I was born in the 80's) and a big fan of bands that are directly influenced by the Residents (Primus), I have never knowingly heard their music until watching this documentary. It has since spun me into YouTube concert footage binging, and reading about their history and listening to some of their more well-received records from the late 70's. Something that I thought was really fascinating was that the band members are interviewed throughout the documentary, but older now and under the pretense that they are just old associates/friends of the band. A documentary so focused on the anonymity of the band members, meanwhile they constantly appear onscreen discussing their history in third person, as if they were just observers who were close to the group. So cool.


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1 July 2017 (Italy) See more »

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