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Interview de Terry Zwigoff et Robert Crumb
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Crumb, 1 DVD, 119 minutes
Documentaire unique et sulfureux, produit par David Lynch, sur l'artiste underground Robert Crumb. Le film décortique les influences culturelles et les déchirures familiales qui ont inspiré cet artiste hors norme...
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Looking at his artwork you realize R.Crumb combined the look of innocent comic strips of the early 20th century with more explicit content common today. No one else at the time had thought of drawing this way. The comic book industry in the 60's was becoming increasingly progressive. The old look of comics, Lil Abner or Little Orphan Annie for example, were considered passe.
The inspiration for R.Crumb's art comes from a deeply dysfunctional family. It wasn't an overly violent family but it was a morbidly depressing one. You learn that the problems Robert and his siblings had stemmed from the fact that their house was dominated by a father who saw manhood in only one way and was not lenient in his views to accomodate any of his sons' artistic potential. As Robert pointed out, when his father came home from work any blip of a happy man dissapeared as soon as he entered the door. When it came to encouragement or artistic development all five children had only each other and were left to their own devices. Robert became the success perhaps because he, unlike Charles for instance, saw his talent as a way to define himself and not simply as a means of profit. He chose the format (comics) he knew best to make his point.
The bulk of his material consists of two main topics:his family and women. His attitudes on women are far more complicated. His unpopularity with girls as a teen is due to a result of his inability to fashion himself into something they wanted visually. And he was equally frustrated at THEIR apparent inability to ignore those instincts and see him for the good person he felt he was. It has led to lifelong love/hate relationship with the opposite sex. One that is defined by pure lust and no real affection for females for who they are except in the case of his daughter Sophie.
His views on blacks and the never ending debate as to whether or not he is racist is not given nearly as much screentime.He denounces the critism he has garnered by saying "it all came from white liberals." That's not exactly an ideal way of defending yourself in a largely white liberal society. Neither he, nor Terry Zwigoff (who made this movie), give a straight answer to the charge and leave other artists to answer for Crumb. But if you take into account Crumb's true love of black music (specifically, delta blues of 30's) it becomes harder to pin the "racist" label on him. Still, the movie lets him off a bit easy, its only flaw.
Other aspects of his life such as his open marriage to wife Aline, his strained relationship with his son Jesse, and the overall study of the underground comix scene that he helped spawn are present but not as prominently featured. Engrossing, but somewhat incomplete, "Crumb" is an indepth character study of a truly misunderstood man.
"Crumb" offers amazing access to R. Crumb and his family, but the man himself remains an enigma - an entertaining and fascinating enigma, but an enigma nonetheless. Still, Zwigoff's probing camera gets behind the man and his art, his fans and detractors, and delivers a wonderful portrait of the man and a great appreciation of his work - even his most off-putting, misogynistic work.
But it's when Zwigoff talks to Robert's family that we see the true effects of a horrible, and horror-filled, childhood. Both of his brothers are intelligent and considerably talented, but they were unable to find a healthy outlet to escape a tyrannical father (his abuse is only hinted at in the movie), and their stories are deeply affecting - and difficult to watch.
So "Crumb" is either life-affirming or terribly depressing. I vote for the first option, which is why I'm the proud owner of the DVD. You wont find a much better documentary, or a more powerful drama, than "Crumb."