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Reviewed by elicopperman 9 / 10

Boy, What a Crumby Albeit Intriguing Person

In 1994, David Lynch presented to the world Terry Zwigoff's documentary on one of the raunchiest yet introverted souls in the comic industry, Robert Crumb. It garnished critical acclaim and even won the Grand Jury Prize Documentary at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. As for the movie itself, what could have been painful to watch given the subject matter ends up being strongly insightful about the man's life, influences, and personal demons.

In spite of his disturbing inner sexual demons, Robert Crumb also displayed an awkward innocence and vision of appreciating beauty that displayed him as one of the biggest introverts of American culture. Even when he made his own self-indulgent fantasies like Joe Blows (a satirical incestuous family orgy), what always remained intact were his visions of the absurdity of human life that conflicted his view on the media. Growing up with a strictly abusive father, a depressed brother who stayed isolated to the point of suicide, and being a dork in high school would lead to his disdain for marketism and exploitive cultural aspects, only further contrasting with his "impaction of lusting, suffering, crazed humanity in sorts of bizarre, gargoyle-like, allegorical forms." (Robert Hughes)

To think that a horny kid who lusted over Sheena of the Jungle and Bugs Bunny would turn himself into one of the most controversial yet innovative comic artists of his time is no wonder that some of his work still remains in museums to this day. He may have barely liked squat when it came to pop culture and the entertainment media (the less you ask him of the movie Fritz the Cat, the better), but that never stopped him from making what he believed in. As Crumb said it best, "I don't work in terms of conscious messages. I can't do that. It has to be something that I'm revealing to myself while I'm doing it. It's hard to explain. Which means that, while I'm doing it, I don't know what it's about. You have to have the take that chance, you know? What's gonna come out? What's coming out of this? I enjoy drawing. It's a deeply ingrained habit." Keep on truckin' no matter what comes your way.

Reviewed by sir-mauri 9 / 10

Amazing thought provoking documentary.

This is a documentary about the famous underground cartoonist, Robert Crumb, creator of characters such as Fritz the Cat. It is a very different type of documentary from the ones I usually come across. I enjoy watching docs about serial killers and murderers, to understand them a little better. This is not your typical documentary. It's about a very mundane, if not boring life of a man who enjoys spending his time observing people, drawing them and listening to classical music. The film shows him going to meet his brothers. They live very depressing lives, especially Charles Crumb, a man you can't help but feel sorry for. I explained in my review of Mary and Max (2009) that I hadn't seen was film that made me understand the topic of depression better than it. Well, this film is, perhaps, a better case study on the effects of depression on people than the other movie ever was, since this is all real. 'Crumb' is also about the man's relationships with other women, why it didn't work out, why it did, what he thinks of women, what his ideologies are on the topic of romance, all interestingly said by an interesting man who was sadly gifted with a dull life. Is it as monotonous as I'm building it up to be though? This is the part the film delves into the most: Crumb, the magnificent artist. What he really is. The way he describes things, I could listen to for days. What makes an artist? What influences their work? Underground art was revolutionized by Robert Crumb. His work portrayed sexual and surreal themes in a dark, comedic way. I guess the documentary tried to tell me how he got such a mindset, to create all that he did: his walk of life (imo)- the things only he saw, the things only he knows of. This is why makes an artist. This is what made Crumb. Amazing thought provoking documentary.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 6 / 10

"I decided to reject conforming when society rejected me."

While a college student during the years 1968 through 1972, one of my electives was an English course taught by a free wheeling prof who's primary reading assignments consisted of Crumb comic books. I didn't know that when I signed up for the course, but even if I did it wouldn't have mattered because I didn't know who Robert Crumb was at the time. I could have opted to drop the class but then, as now, I was always interested in alternative points of view, so I stuck it out. Just like I stuck it out watching this flick, which for some I'm sure offers a semblance of artistic merit, but to my mind more closely approached publisher Deirdre English's assessment of her contemporary in the story, a study of Crumb as someone with an arrested juvenile vision.

Physically, Crumb looks like an anorexic Grouch Marx, with Coke bottle eyeglasses and a temperament throughout the picture that seems to settle on a constant state of bemusement. This was all rather unsettling to me as he described what one might consider a horrific childhood, and if that weren't enough, he had two brothers who turned out even worse than he did. Charles Crumb, obsessed with comic books from an early age to the exclusion of all else, eventually committed suicide a short time after this film was released. Brother Maxon's maturity as an adult can be measured by the resentment he still feels for his role as a supply boy in his older brothers' childhood comics club.

That Crumb would eventually find someone he could marry is puzzling given his masochistic and perverse views of women, but there wasn't just one, but two lucky women who tied the knot with the celebrated cartoonist. Both were interviewed for this film and they're not disparaging, perhaps a testament to the idea that they were just as weird as he was. In fact, Aline Crumb admits it - "My mind is shot..."

Yet on another level I can relate to Crumb's detachment from a world that seems to depend on crass commercialism. However refusing to wear clothes that endorse commercial products is about as far as I go. I have to admit though, I was surprised by Crumb's refusal to accept a hundred grand for a publishing gig that would have cured a lot of his family's financial problems. In a certain sense, the man stayed true to his inner self, though for the life of me, I have no idea what kind of inner self that could possibly be.

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