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  • Actors: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb, Robert Hughes
  • Directors: Terry Zwigoff
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Sept. 1995
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CQOK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,243 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Terry Zwigoff's poignant, prize-winning documentary of cult animator Robert Crumb's life and work examines his work from underground 60's artist to animator of 'Fritz the Cat', the sources of his inspirations - his upbringing in a dysfunctional family - and draws on unexpurgated interviews with the man himself, his brother, his lovers, his friends and his critics.

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Robert Crumb is known for his disturbing, yet compelling, underground cartoons: his most famous works made counter-cultural icons out of Mr. Natural ("Keep on Truckin'...") and Fritz the Cat. Terry Zwigoff delves into the odd world of the cartoonist in his documentary film Crumb, and the picture that emerges is not always pretty--at moments, it's almost repellent--but it's a fascinating glimpse into a very strange mind. Interviewing immediate family--Crumb has one suicidal brother, one semi-psychopathic brother, two sisters who declined to be interviewed and a tyrannical mother--Crumb begins to look a bit saner. Given his surroundings, it's remarkable that he has survived so well. His hostilities toward women may turn some viewers off but his wife, Aline, seems to be a grounding point and she provides a solid counterbalance to the man. No one shies away from discussing incredibly intimate things (namely, sex!), which explains much of R. Crumb's cartoons. This documentary can definitely be considered a masterpiece for the cult crowd and, as for the rest of us, it's sure to make us feel a little better about our own lives! --Jenny Brown

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
I really don't know what to make of this film. When you first start watching Crumb, you wonder why anyone would ever want to watch something this odd, but after about twenty minutes you realize that you couldn't stop watching it if you wanted to - and you don't want to. The world of Robert Crumb, a pioneer in the world of underground comics, is as disturbing as it is fascinating - and that is exactly what Crumb is, a documentary about the life of this man and his family. It gives you a disarmingly honest look inside the man's mind, and I'm not sure anyone can really describe what we discover. In all honesty, I had never heard of Robert Crumb nor seen any of his work (although Fritz the Cat does ring a bell) before - that work is eye-opening to say the least, and you get to see a lot of it during the documentary. Much of it is misogynistic and arguably racist, so I'm sure Crumb fans and anti-fans alike will be most interested in this artist's direct insight into his work. Crumb is a compulsive artist who draws almost constantly, and one gets the sense that it is the only thing keeping him from crossing a line into madness.

This is a really strange man, basically a recluse who never seems comfortable with himself or anyone else - it's quite amazing he would allow a film crew in to follow him around for such a significant amount of time. He's not shy about discussing any part of his life or his work, however, taking us all the way back to his childhood. The man's artistic talents, even as a child, are undoubtedly extraordinary and certainly unique in terms of the exaggerated way he tends to draw things, especially people.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mark_cawthra@lineone.net on 11 Dec. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A big Crumb fan, I had to see this movie. After a short while, though, the movie steps away from merely providing an insight into the man and his life, but builds on a narrative about Crumbs family and highly complex situation. His brother Charles for example, is facinating and ultimately tragic- like seemingly everyone in Crumbs life, Charles clearly had similar gifts to his brother but could not develop them. R's account of Charles attempts to do this as part of drawing course, (no surprise that Charles submitted a VERY surreal piece of work), is very funny, but very sad. On the face of it, Crumb and his folks seem dysfunctional, but you can so easily relate to them, and through that process he more than justifies his unusual take on life, especially his art and views on Corporate America. Insight and understanding are what you are looking for in a biographical piece like this, and Terry Zwigoff gives us it all- a wonderful film, I love it. PS- The soundtrack featuring R's to-die-for blues and ragtime collection is just amazing. One 78 played in it's entirity over a montage of R's drawings is just too beautiful- you'll know it when you hear it...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By LOTHAR VINE VOICE on 3 July 2004
Format: DVD
That's no exaggeration. You do not have to be a fan of Robert Crumbs work or of the comic book medium at all to appreciate the disturbing honesty of this film. The Crumb family - Robert, Charles and Maxon, as well as their mother - allow Zwigoff total access to their lives and pasts, creating a mezmerising portrait of a profoundly disfunctional family whose members found sanctuary in drawing comics together. Robert of course went on to be the most famous, but both Charles and Maxon are (or in Charles's case,were) artists of the highest calibre (as well as being two of the most bizarre human beings ever captured on film). The soundtrack, made up of selected tracks from Robert and Zwigoff's personal collection of blues and ragtime 78s is a wonderful bonus. Tracks that may otherwise have disappeared into obscurity have been lovingly restored and serve as a perfect foil for the numeous montages of R. Crumb's unique talent. I absolutely love this movie and can't imagine why anyone else wouldn't.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun. 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This Film is a documentary,that would be up there with the greats!.
From the outset,the viewer is taken on a facinating journey
into "Crumbland". Whether your a fan of comic strips or not,
the film makes for compelling viewing.
I personally, had never heard of Robert Crumb until I had watched
this film, but I sure do now!!.
If you like themes of "Downbeat America" you will love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
The art of this unusual man entered my life when I was about 13, when my dad unknowingly bought me a copy of Head Comix. With its mix of psychedelics and graphic sex, it was an instant hit with all of my friends and as we entered adolescence, we got the whole lot of underground comics. The writing and images were of such high quality that we spent many many hours pouring over them as if they were literature.

This documentary convinced me that indeed they represent great art. The most important character in this is of course Crumb himself, with his immediate and wider family as well as his cultural milieu. It was absolutely fascinating to see the strains of mental illness in his family, from his amphetamine-addicted mother and volatile brutish father to his unfortunate brothers. It is not just the stereotype of "outsider as artistic observer", but a much deeper and shockingly open glimpse into Crumb's makeup as a bitter outcast in a yuppified society, with the strangest sexual obsessions. He likes big women and has bizarre tastes, which go straight into his art; he despises mainstream consumerism and even the American dream of making it big. He also lived out his fantasies and many of his ex's are in the film. Fortunately, while often sad, the family is full of humor, ironic self-awareness, and fun. It is a very rounded portrait.

On another level, there is a lot about his method of working and creating. This was perhaps the most interesting to me, as you witness, in the most unpretentious fashion, a great artist pursuing his craft and own direction.
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