Eat That Question:
Frank Zappa in His Own Words (7/10)
Runtime 90 minutes
Not for children.
Listening to the
music in this film, it is hard to believe that Frank Zappa could be
known for his music and be called “a provocative 20th century
musical genius,” because the only thing represented in this film as his
music is eminently unmemorable.
But the movie is
mostly Zappa telling his story himself, mostly through archival
interviews. Like Hemingway, Zappa’s life is a lot more interesting than
his music. If Zappa stands for anything, though, he stands for fighting
censorship in any form. In fact at one point in this film he declares
that he is a conservative. And, actually, he was a conservative. He
fought government control and mindless censorship by the government, or
anybody else for that matter.
He also had problems
with the media, saying, “The more abstract and weird the media makes me
look, the harder it is for me to get my message across.”
Schütte has gathered innumerable interviews and performances done
through three decades, many from long forgotten vaults of TV stations
around the world, and put them together for this documentary.
Even if you don’t
like his music, and I don’t, this is a fascinating story of a man who
released 62 albums but was mostly known for his intense independence
from the record industry in which he was involved.
You don’t have to
like Zappa’s music, or even know anything about it, to get something out
of this informative film which includes caustic comments about virtually
everything, government, religion, the music industry, American culture,