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Crumb

7 Ratings: 4.4
A Documentary Film about R. Crumb

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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 19, 1995
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Crumb

His comics were odd, subversive satire. The cops and your (grand?)parents never got it

  • Apr 16, 2011
Rating:
+4
With all the political eye gouging going on, I felt the need for the peace and quiet of the Sixties. I put on Crumb, the documentary by Terry Zwigoff of the life of R. Crumb. Crumb is a fascinating look at a talented, amazingly off-center artist who probably epitomizes much of the Sixties counter culture. If you're old enough to remember Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, "keep on truckin'" and any number of large-bottomed women, you're remembering R. Crumb. If you remember walking into tacky head shops, past the displays of pipes, cigarette paper, peace medallions and psychedelic posters, to pick up a copy of Yellow Dog or Fritz the Cat comic books, you're remembering at least part of the Sixties. If you’ve never seen or read a copy of Yellow Dog and have no idea what I’m talking about…well, I don’t know what to say.
 
Crumb grew up in a terribly dysfunctional family, with a disconnected mother and a bully of a father. Of his siblings, his two brothers agreed to be interviewed and they appear to have grown up as strange as he. He and a brother began drawing comic books as an escape. We're all sexual creatures, but Crumb is the only kid I ever heard of who got aroused thinking of Bugs Bunny.
 
Crumb’s cartoons and comic books show what the Sixties youth revolution was all about. They were in-your-face, sexual, anti-establishment, ironic, funny. They were also often violent and anti-female (or at least demeaning to women). Prudes and parents, usually the same thing, were not amused. Crumb moved to France years ago with a second wife and a daughter. Many people consider the work he's now creating as very good stuff.
 
This is an excellent documentary about a very strange and influential human being. 
His comics were odd, subversive satire. The cops and your (grand?)parents never got it His comics were odd, subversive satire. The cops and your (grand?)parents never got it His comics were odd, subversive satire. The cops and your (grand?)parents never got it His comics were odd, subversive satire. The cops and your (grand?)parents never got it

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April 16, 2011
aahh...this is one doco I've had several opportunities to see but I could only manage to see parts of it. You have gotten my full attention, thank you! I need to borrow this one asap.
 
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