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A fine documentary. I admire Crumb's honesty. Outsider status aside, I think he taps into something real and subconscious that a lot of people can relate to. Instead of thinking about what makes him "weird" or "crazy," it might be more instructive to consider in what ways he is relatable.
Astounding content in this film. The sexuality/perversity is really the lowest rung in terms of what shocks here. Its revelations border on the sublime.
The viewer progresses gradually into a sense of awe at Crumb's utter oddness and peculiar worldview; then, as we meet the more bizarre members of his family, Crumb takes on a comparative normality. A fascinating look at the obsessive weird genius whose art was the foundation and backbone of the underground comics industry.
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This movie ranks #20 in 100 American Independent Films (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #60 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #178 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #212 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #248 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #285 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #469 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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This movie ranks #904 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films