Crumb (1994)



Director Terry Zwigoff
Starring Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb. USA. 2h

Crumb is a tragically funny and deeply insightful documentary about one man’s ability to turn his innermost feelings into art which spoke for an entire generation.

This incredibly personal glimpse into the life of a genius accompanied by a very fitting ragtime soundtrack as this documentary aims to dig deep under the skin of the illustrator to the point of him actually being psychologically affected by the filming.

The documentary is being filmed at a very pivotal point as crumb and his wife are planning to move their family to France and he’s in the process of packing and saying goodbye to his family.

Starting at the beginning the chuckling waif talks about his oppressive father and vicious upbringing and his strange introduction to art, his early girlfriends who were the influenced by his art or chosen due to the influence of his art.

The awkward man shuffles through his trials and tribulations the criticisms of his work and shows off his family of misfits he is definitely a man who is mentally and physically on the fringes of society and happy to look in on us normal folk and simply sketches what he sees, either on the average day or acid-induced trips.

Tough questions are asked crumb does a lot of internalisation, a deep analysis leads a lot of the dark issues he has already dealt with but there are a few min takes on his artwork and the effects on young people but he never really considered as much but it’s interesting to see him come to intelligent conclusions

Despite the family tragedy, shortly after filming his brother committed suicide, we do manage to see some happiness and the life of this maniacal genius. his sexuality in preferences detail by former lovers that he returns of friendship quiz and his own admission there is a lot going on under the surface of the plain joe.

You can literally see the women that crumb surrounds himself with come to life on paper which makes the realisation of the horrific scenes within in his comics so that more real, there is a self admitted darkness which from which he feels the need to express his perverseness in his comics. We could all learn a little more about ourselves if we with this open. Not saying it would necessarily make the world a better place but it would certainly make it more interesting.




Rating 9/10
RAmerican Splendor (2003)
L – Selected Artist Biographies.


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