- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: August 10, 2010
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Two audio commentaries, one featuring Zwigoff, from 2010, and one with Zwigoff and critic Roger Ebert, from 2006
- More than fifty minutes of unused footage
- Stills gallery
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Premiere - 04/01/1996
"...A monument to a prodigious talent..." - Recommended
Rolling Stone - 05/04/1995
"...CRUMB is a funny, touching and vital portrait..."
New York Times - 09/27/1994
"...Riveting....A vision of American life as a phantasmagoric gallery of grotesques that is as gripping as it is harshly funny..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1994
"...Crumb comes off in some ways as charmingly self-aware and dedicated....[With] enlightening moments..."
New York Times - 04/21/1995
"...Riveting....The film offers an astonishingly unguarded portrait of Mr. Crumb....[With] amazingly candid interviews..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/1995
"...Fascinating and oddly moving..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/28/1995
"...Remarkable....When it comes to unflinching, riveting looks at a compulsive artist who can't be other than who he is, nothing comes close to CRUMB..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/26/1995
"...As a technical achievement, it's impressive, and entertaining....CRUMB is a film that gives new meaning to the notion of art as therapy..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/28/2006
"Zwigoff paints a bittersweet portrait of his longtime pal as both quirky charmer and unsavory misanthrope." -- Grade: A-
Produced by David Lynch, this acclaimed, often unsettling portrait of cartoonist Robert Crumb, most famous for his Zap Comix, "Keep on Truckin'" cartoon and the x-rated character Fritz the Cat, lifts the page and looks into the twisted roots of the artist's inspired lunacy.
CRUMB traces the lives of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb and his extraordinarily dysfunctional family. As children, the three Crumb brothers escaped from their abusive home by indulging in an imaginative life centered on comic books, but Robert is the only one who has fashioned any sort of normal existence. Now a famous cartoonist, he creates work that revels in the darker side of the human condition, hilarious and often offensive work that is obviously influenced by his troubled upbringing.
Art / Artists |
Essential Cinema |
- Co-produced by David Lynch and Superior Pictures Production.
- The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted it Best Documentary of 1995.
- The film was a 1995 runner-up for the best picture prize by the National Society of Film Critics.
- Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.