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Zappa (2020)

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Critic Consensus: As rich and complex as its subject's best work, Zappa honors the life and career of a musical legend without falling into hagiography.

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Zappa is a film that revolves around the life, music, and artistry of Frank Vincent Zappa, one of the most admired and celebrated musicians in American history. With archival footage of Zappa himself and interviews with people closest to him, such as his late widow Gail Zappa; Mothers of Invention bandmate Ian Underwood; and other notable musicians such as Steve Vai, David Harrington, and Scott Thunes, the film gives its audience an intimate look at the man behind the many instruments. Written and directed by Alex Winter.

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It makes a very good case that you should be interested in Zappa's work.

February 24, 2021 | Full Review…

If there is one American musician who was overdue for a comprehensive documentary, that's Zappa -- and this one doesn't disappoint. It's as messy as his music in parts, but that fits.

February 24, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Key to the success of the film is the editing, a pinballing assault of free association, claymation and gleeful profanity, which goes some way towards recreating what it must have been like to spend time inside Zappa's head.

February 21, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Winter has simply collated the resulting audio and video recordings into more than two hours of slightly sophomoric Zap-tastic musings on the pointlessness of commercial music, the need to fight the system and the tediousness of mainstream success.

February 19, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Winter has created a fascinating watch.

February 19, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Winter's film deserves a lot of credit for appreciating the full, intrepid range of Zappa's music, though penetrating the leathery mystery of his personality is perhaps a tall order.

February 18, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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