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Maybe I need to watch it again but it doesn't seem to do it for me & I have been a Zappa fan for many years.
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Initial post: 27 Sep 2013 19:24:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Sep 2013 19:24:53 BDT
T. Macdonald says:
I find it hard to understand how someone can claim to be a Zappa fan and say that one of his major achievements didn't do it for them. I think you need to watch it again, dude. And again. And again. And again again ! And one more time for luck ! The music alone is worth every penny of the ticket price ! But then throw in "Dental Hygiene Dilemma" and "Centerville", Keith Moon as a nun on 'ludes and Ringo Starr as FZ, Motorhead Sherwood loving a vacuum cleaner, GTO Miss Lucy and Janet Ferguson disrobed , Theodore Bickel as the Devil and Jimmy Carl Black "The Indian Of The Group" as Lonesome Cowboy Burt, and countless "conceptual continuity" clues for the hardcore Zappafiles, and you have a totally unique Zappa artifact. You can't claim to be a Zappa fan unless you "get" 200 Motels !
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2013 20:41:27 BDT
OK, OK. If I haven't thrown it away, I'l watch it again.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2013 12:07:53 GMT
Franz Bieberkopf says:
Mr (or Ms) Macdonald,
Sort of agree with you. Some of the music is very tasty-"What will this morning...", "Magic Fingers", "Semi-Fradulent Overture". So, yeah, buy the soundtrack CD by all means-some of the music on it isn't in the film,another incentive.
But the film is awful. I saw it at the cinema in 1978 (blagged my way in as I was only 15 at the time!!) and have seen it since on VHS since then. I see it as a dreadfully acted improvised mess, only forgiven by the soundtrack and the odd shots of naked women.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2014 22:26:29 BDT
There are plenty of Zappa fans who find '200 Motels' mystifying. It was a very ambitious project that was let down by time constraints and an uncooperative orchestra, among other things. The whole groupie routine from 'Fillmore East, June 1971' was meant to be included in the film, but they ran out of time. If it had been included, the plot would at least have begun to make some sense.
Maybe if events hadn't conspired against him it could have been one of Zappa's greatest achievements, but as it stands it clearly isn't.
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