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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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Credited cast:
Jerry Casale Jerry Casale
Les Claypool
Chris Combs Chris Combs
Nolan Cook Nolan Cook ... Himself
Carla Fabrizio Carla Fabrizio ... Herself
Jon Fishman Jon Fishman
Matt Groening ... Himself
Jerry Harrison
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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18 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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DoF Media,KTF Films See more »
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The Eye! THE EYE!
13 May 2017 | by ginmillcowboySee all my reviews

A well-made documentary about 'The Residents'. Contains fantastic footage, high caliber interviews and just the right sense of humor. Those who are looking for an expose will be disappointed (though I feel like you can draw some reasonably intelligent conclusions if you're looking), this is really more of a love letter to the band, or perhaps even a great introduction.

The Residents can be hard to stomach sometimes, and even then I've found a lot of their digital work hasn't aged terribly well, but Hardy does a great job of editing down and keeping the pace up and interest/energy high.


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