May 15, 2023 7:00PM
Center for Performing Arts, Moe Auditorium & Film Center - 10150 Bonita Beach Road
Cost $8.00 General Admission (includes 1 free drink)
Categories Film Center
Crumb is a 1994 documentary film directed by Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Art School Confidential), chronicling the life and work of the eccentric and controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb. The film follows Crumb’s career from his early underground comic book work in the 1960s, through his rise to mainstream fame in the 1970s, to his current status as a revered and influential figure in the world of comic art.
The film also explores the personal life of Crumb and his family, including his two brothers, both of whom also have artistic talents, and his troubled relationship with his mother. Through interviews with Crumb, his family, and other artists and cultural figures, the film paints a complex portrait of a man whose work is often dark, satirical, and deeply introspective.
Crumb is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential documentaries of its time. It not only introduced many people to the world of underground comics, but also helped to legitimize the medium as a serious form of artistic expression. The film also sparked a renewed interest in Crumb’s work, which has since been widely exhibited and studied in galleries and museums around the world.
Beyond its cultural and artistic significance, Crumb is also notable for its frank and unflinching exploration of taboo subjects such as mental illness, sexual deviance, and family dysfunction. By shining a light on these issues, the film has helped to destigmatize them and open up important conversations about mental health and social norms.
The film’s impact on the world of comic art and popular culture cannot be overstated, and its frank and honest portrayal of taboo subjects has helped to open up important conversations about mental health, social norms and what exactly constitutes fine art.