- Actors: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb, Robert Hughes
- Directors: Terry Zwigoff
- Producers: Terry Zwigoff, Albert Berger, Lawrence Wilkinson, Lianne Halfon, Lynn O'Donnell
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Studiocanal
- DVD Release Date: 24 May 2004
- Run Time: 119 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00013YQGU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,782 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Crumb [DVD] 
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast delivery! And great documentary! An inspiring insight into crumbs life at the time including a massive body of artworks and process.Published 9 months ago by Gen
Crumb is a look into the dysfunctional world of the Crumb family, with an emphasis on Robert. As the two sisters declined to be interviwed for the documentary we only get to meet... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had never heard of this movie but when amazon recommended it I bought it on a whim. Crumb is definitely worth watching if you enjoy movies that are off the beaten path. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2012 by Anon
This is an excellent and candid look into the world of comic book artist Robert Crumb which centers more on the life of both Crumb and his family that his actual work as a comic... Read morePublished on 4 July 2010 by Ernie