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This is one of the best documentaries of the 90s, just below "Hoop Dreams". It a terrific study of the man and what drives him and his art. It's also a powerful statement that we need art as a type of out let, because if people who have severe problems aren't given a way to work them out, they come out in other more destructive ways.
The artist speaks
Crumbs art is a universally known phenomena. He was as talented as Wharhol.In a time of larger than life personalities his was largely not noticed.This rambling,slice of life doc attempts to remedy that.Sometimes it succeeds. Primarily focused on the effect of the pervasive tidal wave of drugs: all classes of them then just emerging into the culture.Drugs ;at the time entirely new and experimental, to enable women to control their own fertility, to enable institutionally mentally ill return to home and family.Of course there are the usual psychedelic suspects.Abuse and excess abounds everywhere.I see story of a traditional Catholic boy, bright and talented, making his own way in an entirely new and alien environment.
- Dashiell B.
One of the best documentary's of the '90's is this auspicious debut for Zwigoff. The film follows the career of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb and his relationships with his two equally & quirky brothers, one of whom committed suicide after his interview. Zwigoff shows that Robert's resistance through his artwork is honest, fascinating & sometimes depressing. Slow at times, but still entertaining & surprising. I give it a 4.5/5.
Crumb, or Creep?
- Clique Critique
Crumb. It could have been entitled "Creep". It's really a documentary about how boys become dirty old men. There's a reason guys like these are shunned by discerning women. People like him could only have been celebrated in a time like the '60's, when it was "cool" to be outrageous, and "uncool" to reject anybody. (I think that's how Charles Manson was able to worm his way in.) Truly, I was appalled. I couldn't watch it all. His cartoons always repulsed me; now I know why. I believe in freedom of expression, but I don't want to hear about people's perverted sexual life styles. Let's have a little dignity. Please, TCM, there are millions of films or documentaries or animations or even blank screens you could have broadcast ....
Terry Zwigoff hits a Grand Slam when he films an introspective look at the life and work of Robert Crumb. The Crumb Family boys are extremely talented/gifted Artists yet not socially accepted in the formative years which drove them to greater heights of creativity and artistry. Think it is easy to an Artist, not after watching the pain and rejection these Brothers went through. Although the triumph lies in their ability to achieve and overcome. Some of their internal wiring was damged but the human spirit carries on. Highly recommended. 5 stars out of 5.Subject matter may be offensive to some.
Awful movie, awful family
- Jan Marie Wood
I saw this movie years ago with my husband who is a fan of R. Crumb and especially his creation The Fabulous Furry Freak brothers. The person R. Crumb is not pleasant to look at and listening to his monotone voice is truly worthy of being used as torture. His disgusting brother eats a strip of linen cloth to cleanse himself internally-total gross out! Not my cup of tea! You cannot pay me to watch it again! Okay, maybe 30 milion bucks would be enough. If I was allowed to close my eyes and plug my ears.