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Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

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An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.

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Thorsten Schütte
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Steve Allen ... Himself (archive footage)
Angel Angel ... Herself (archive footage)
Chuck Ash Chuck Ash ... Himself - Pennsylvania State Police (archive footage) (as Trooper Chuck Ash)
Arthur Barrow Arthur Barrow ... Himself (archive footage)
Adrian Belew Adrian Belew ... Himself (archive footage)
Theodore Bikel ... Rance Muhammitz (archive footage)
Jimmy Carl Black ... Himself (archive footage)
Pierre Boulez Pierre Boulez ... Himself (archive footage)
Thomas Braden Thomas Braden ... Himself (archive footage) (as Tom Braden)
Napoleon Murphy Brock Napoleon Murphy Brock ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage)
Wally Bruner Wally Bruner ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Carman Paul Carman ... Himself (archive footage)
Del Casher Del Casher ... Himself (archive footage)
Connie Chung Connie Chung ... Herself (archive footage)
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In the 20th Century, Frank Zappa made his mark as a musician unlike any other in America. With a wild eccentric iconoclastic attitude guiding his distinctive music, which it was itself guided by a firm intellectual integrity, Zappa made himself an unforgettable force in popular music. This film covers his life and work through various archival footage through the decades. Whether it was his taboo challenging early creations, his outspoken efforts against the political forces determined to censor him or his constant quest for new artistic challenges, Zappa made a mark no one could ignore. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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A captivating portrait of one of the era's greatest defenders of artistic freedom and a true American original. (Oleg Ivanov/Slant Magazine) See more »


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Rated R for language, some sexual references and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Eat that question: Frank Zappa en sus propias palabras See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,695, 26 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$354,981, 6 November 2016
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dedicated to Gail Zappa. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Frank Zappa: You're 18. Take the spoon out of your nose, take the needle out of your arm, take the beer out of your mouth, and go vote. You know what I mean? Vote. Register and vote like a beast.
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Crazy Credits

There is a final bit of footage at the end of the closing credits where Zappa encourages young people to vote. See more »

Connections

Features Night Flight (1981) See more »

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Written by Frank Zappa
Performed by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
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Zappa was an outrageous figure but this documentary is fairly forgettable.
13 July 2016 | by whitbyscallyredSee all my reviews

There is no doubt that Frank Zappa was a genius, a cultural icon and an inspiration to many. Unfortunately this documentary is fairly forgettable.

The documentary relies almost completely on archive footage, from 1967 to just before Zappa's death in 1993. This comprises largely of concerts and interviews. This footage is informative and revealing. There is also lots of humour, either coming from Zappa himself or from his music.

The interviews however tended to reveal more about the media culture that Zappa lived in through the 60s, 70s and 80s than they revealed about the man himself. And although no doubt a very radical figure at the time, Zappa doesn't seem quite so radical when viewed from the year 2016.

The major flaw with the movie is that it lacks an emotional core; it lacks bite. We are simply shown a succession of footage with no great attempt to draw us in, or to tell a story. Zappa was a creative and outrageous figure, and yet this documentary of his life is fairly quiet and ultimately disappointing.


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