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CINEMATHEQUE AT HOME

Zappa

Available to rent Nov 27 - Dec 25
Directed by Alex Winter
2020, USA, 129 min

This title is available to rent via Cinematheque at Home for $8.99. This is not only an opportunity for our patrons to see new cinema, but is an important way that they can continue to support independent film during this pandemic with 30% of all sales supporting our theatre.

Frank Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa granted filmmaker Alex Winter exclusive access to Zappa’s personal vault; a vast collection of his unreleased music, movies, incomplete projects, unseen interviews and unheard concert recordings. Told entirely through this fantastic footage we discover a totally uncompromising artist who battled a commercial record industry in his pursuit of artistic integrity. From his desire to get away from the stifling conservative atmosphere of a small town he broke the rules of classical composing and defied the standards of rock and roll.

Lots of great stories including his SNL appearance where he felt they were mocking him, controversy over his parody of the Sgt Pepper’s album cover, on the set of 200 Motels, footage of the final original Mothers performance in Ottawa, performing with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, his stunning footage of his animator Bruce Bickford’s creations and attack on stage and confined to a wheelchair for 9 months, And that is just scratching the surface.

Featuring interviews with Gail Zappa, Alice Cooper, and several of Frank’s collaborators including Cal Shenkel who designed his amazing album covers, Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.

PLUS: BONUS SHORT:  Backstage hanging out and Concert Footage from the vaults of The Zappa Trust, an 11-minute piece – four minutes of Zappa and his band hanging out backstage before a concert, and a seven minute electrifying performance of the song “Apostrophe,” from 1973/1974.

Sponsored by Groundswell.

Reviews

There’s pretty much no universe where I wouldn’t love Zappa, the sprawling new documentary. An absolute joy for anyone who loves Zappa’s music. Director Alex Winter manages to capture everything that made Zappa so special– the anarchic live shows, the deceptively intricate composition and songwriting,  the endlessly articulate worldview– and bundles it all into a portrait that feels fresh, engaging, and, well, alive.

- Oscar Goff, Boston Hassle

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