Zappa

Zappa

Zappa

Alex Winter, director of Panama Papers and Bill from Bill & Ted, helms this documentary biopic on the life and work of musician Frank Zappa. Includes thousands of hours of digitized videos, photos, audio, writing, and everything in between from Zappa's private archives. These chronicles have never been brought to a public audience before, until now.

2020Rating: R16, Sex scenes, offensive language & content that may disturb129 minsUSA
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Flicks, Amelia Berry

Ultimately, your enjoyment of Zappa is going to depend a lot on how much you enjoy spending time with Frank Zappa himself. Between the archival footage of Zappa performing, his conducting works for orchestra, and Ruth Underwood’s exquisite performance of ‘The Black Page’ filmed especially for this documentary, the music in Zappa is of such variety and quality that even those so-so on Zappa ought to get a lot out of it.

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Stuff

Stuff

A fine introduction to a unique character, his music and those times.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Winter gives Zappa pride of place among the most important composers of the 20th century...

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

There's little fault that even the most hardcore fan could find with Mr. Winter's film...

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

There's a charming wealth of home movies from Zappa's childhood and adolescence...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Foregrounds the laudable and often astonishing aspects of the man's work and personality.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A complex and surprisingly satisfying portrait...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Captures its subject's spirit without tipping into mere hero worship.

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Decider

Decider

Top-to-bottom solid, sometimes exceptional music bio...

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IndieWire

IndieWire

[Winter has] made a certain peace with the low ceiling of his film's conventional structure.

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