The Confessions of Robert Crumb

"Very Good"

The Confessions of Robert Crumb Review


When I popped this unexpected DVD into the player, I was expecting to immediately write it off as a ripoff of the superb documentary Crumb. Imagine my surprise -- The Confessions of Robert Crumb predates Zwigoff's doc by a decade. And it's a little different -- this 55-minute film, shot in 1987, was written by Robert Crumb himself to essentially tell his life story at the behest of the BBC.

The film focuses on his life philosophies, his youth and ascent to fame (about which he is extremely humble), and of course, his comics. The film bears a certain resemblance to Crumb, with plenty of shots of his work (juxtaposed with his real life, of course), but it lacks the depth of Zwigoff's work -- namely because you can't really make a critical documentary about yourself.

Instead, Crumb offers up some gems -- a visual tour of the "perfect" female anatomy, some comments about Fritz the Cat, and various funny vignettes. On the whole, it comes off as not much more than a puff piece, but with R. Crumb as the subject, that's an awfully fun piece of puff.



The Confessions of Robert Crumb

Facts and Figures

Run time: 55 mins

In Theaters: Friday 13th February 1987

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Colin Chase, Patti Musicaro

Producer:

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