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Tag: Frank Zappa

Zappa (2020)

Title: Zappa
Rating: NR
Directed by: Alex Winter
Written by: Alex Winter
Starring: Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, and Pamela Des Barres
Release Date: 11/27/2020
Running Time: 129 minutes

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An in-depth look into the life and work of musician Frank Zappa.


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Memoriams:

In memory of Gail Zappa
1945 – 2015

In memory of Bruce Bickford, 1947 – 2019
and
Robert “Bobby” Zappa, 1943 – 2019


Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)?

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Title: Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
Rating: R
Directed by: Thorsten Schütte
Starring: Frank Zappa
Release Date: 6/24/2016
Running Time: 93 minutes

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It is only fitting that a comet and a mollusk are named in Frank Zappa’s honor. The famed American musician, composer, and thinker created satirical, operatic interpretations of music that seemed to originate from another world. Thorsten Schütte’s film is a sharply edited and energetic celebration of Zappa through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences. Utilizing potent TV interviews and many forgotten performances from his 30-year career, we are immersed into the musician’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.

Zappa was uncompromising as he led the charge against music censorship in the ’90s and even went on to embrace the role of quasi-cultural ambassador in the Czech Republic. His music and ideas are vital, and they cut across generations, while his goal of freeing the listener from conformity still resonates today.


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