1994 – 1h 59 minutes
Documentary by Terry Zwigoff about the life of underground comic book artist Robert Crumb, produced by Terry Zwigoff, Lynn O’Donnell and David Lynch.
Undoubtedly the best documentary work on Robert Crumb. Released theatrically in the U.S. on 28 April 1995 after screening at film festivals throughout 1994, it was considered by some to be the best film of the year and was rejected by the Academy and ultimately not nominated for an Oscar for best feature documentary.
Entertainment Weekly ranked “Crumb” 14th among the 100 best films shown from 1983 to 2008.
Shot over nine years, it is a work without frills or many aesthetic concessions. With long shots, without a narrator who wants to slip in his interpretation of the story, it is a work that is difficult to define. Amusing, strange, nostalgic, dark, funny, sad and uncomfortable at times. “Crumb” opens with Robert returning to his home neighbourhood and family home to meet his mother and his brother Charles, who committed suicide a year after the filming.
Dozens of anecdotes can be gleaned from this documentary, many of them of a sexual nature, as well as curious passages about the eccentricities of Robert Crumb and other characters involved, his relationship with his family, women, the comic industry and the society of the time.