A special Scalarama + Thought Bubble screening of the 1994 documentary Crumb by Terry Zwigoff.
The master of the misfit film, Zwigoff creates a fascinating and intimate portrait of one of America’s most iconic, innovative and prolific underground cartoonists, Robert Crumb.
Crumb’s notorious career began in 1968 with the publication of the first issue of Zap comix in San Francisco. He is an iconoclastic figure, notorious curmudgeon and self-confessed sexual deviant; his work has regularly provoked outrage from feminists but he claims he was just ‘born weird’.
This surprisingly confessional documentary was made over the course of 9 years, with the participation of Robert’s cartoonist wife, Aline, and members of his dysfunctional family. Growing up, the three reclusive Crumb brothers shared a private fantasy world of comics and art, which shielded them from bullying and a violent home life.
The resulting film is an extraordinary exploration of the relationship between subculture, mental illness and artistry.
Doors are at 7.30 and there will be a short introduction before the film. Then join us in the bar afterwards for some drinks and film chat!
USA | 1994 | 120 mins | Certificate 18
This is a Film Fringe event for Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival which runs from 17-23 in Leeds City Centre. Tickets and info here: thoughtbubblefestival.com
The film is also part of the #RFN68 programme which examines the legacy of the events of 1968, organised by members of the Radical Film Network