Watch: Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – In the 20th Century, Frank Zappa made his mark as a musician unlike any other in America. With a wild eccentric iconoclastic attitude guiding his distinctive music, which it was itself guided by a firm intellectual integrity, Zappa made himself an unforgettable force in popular music. This film covers his life and work through various archival footage through the decades. Whether it was his taboo challenging early creations, his outspoken efforts against the political forces determined to censor him or his constant quest for new artistic challenges, Zappa made a mark no one could ignore..
Plot: Utilizing potent TV interviews and many forgotten performances from his 30-year career, we are immersed into Frank Zappa’s world while experiencing two distinct facets of his complex character. At once Zappa was both a charismatic composer who reveled in the joy of performing and, in the next moment, a fiercely intelligent and brutally honest interviewee whose convictions only got stronger as his career ascended.
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Zappa was an outrageous figure but this documentary is fairly forgettable.
There is no doubt that Frank Zappa was a genius, a cultural icon and an inspiration to many. Unfortunately this documentary is fairly forgettable.
The documentary relies almost completely on archive footage, from 1967 to just before Zappa’s death in 1993. This comprises largely of concerts and interviews. This footage is informative and revealing. There is also lots of humour, either coming from Zappa himself or from his music.
The interviews however tended to reveal more about the media culture that Zappa lived in through the 60s, 70s and 80s than they revealed about the man himself. And although no doubt a very radical figure at the time, Zappa doesn’t seem quite so radical when viewed from the year 2016.
The major flaw with the movie is that it lacks an emotional core; it lacks bite. We are simply shown a succession of footage with no great attempt to draw us in, or to tell a story. Zappa was a creative and outrageous figure, and yet this documentary of his life is fairly quiet and ultimately disappointing.
Not enough about Frank’s musicianship
Like many music features and documentaries, this film focuses on the shock of the extraneous and the less important content of the musician’s life – in this film, of the political input Frank had at one time. Frank called Tipper Gore, wife of Democrat Al Gore, and her crusade to label explicit lyrics “right-wing”, if I heard that correctly. So Frank was not much of a political pundit, but he was an amazing, and talented musician, a Jimi Hendrix groupie and quite possibly the first rapper in his own world and ours. Not much of his music was included and what was, didn’t include his best work. One could guess the producers had a hard time getting the rights to his best music. No mention was made that Frank was embraced as a serious musical composer in Frank’s later years by peers such as Pierre Boulez. Frank Zappa was possibly the only musician to cross over from pop to serious music, rather it is more common to remember the many ‘sell-outs’ who went from classical to pop. The interview questions and answers were poorly selected, amateurish at best. A student film might have been better.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min)
Genre Documentary, Biography, Music
Director Thorsten Schütte
Actors Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel
Country France, Germany
Awards 3 wins & 4 nominations
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Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
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Printed Film Format DCP