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Saturday, January 8, 2011

DVD - Crumb

Crumb is Terry Zwigoff's documentary on cartoonist and comic artist R. Crumb. Zwigoff delves into Crumb's origins, dysfunctional family, and dysfunctional life. He gets uncanny access to this man and his life and uses it to paint an interesting, but seemingly seedy, portrait. But that's who Crumb is, really, isn't he?

The film is fascinating. Zwigoff manages to somehow be a fly on the wall, or to have gained the trust of his subjects in such a way that they open up to him completely. We see the man behind the images, no holds barred, with sources ranging from his family, to his friends, to his ex-girlfriends and wives. Everyone has something to say.

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