Crumb is no ordinary documentary; but then Robert Crumb is no ordinary subject. Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff supposedly kept a loaded gun next to his bed during the several years it took to make the film, and he hoped one day to work up enough nerve to use it upon himself. Fortunately, he persevered to deliver a compelling, darkly comic look at the life and work of the American underground comic legend. Disturbing though the film may be at times (Crumb's work often focuses on his own uncomfortable sexual confessions and depictions of violence), it also perfectly captures the man and his extended family's unique dynamic. Crumb's older brother, Charles, lived with his mother well into adulthood; younger brother Maxon is an ascetic who sleeps on a bed of nails in a run-down men’s hotel, and the Crumb sisters refused to be interviewed for the film. Lindenwood University screens Crumb at 7 p.m. in as part of its Reel Truth series in Young Hall Auditorium (209 South Kingshighway, St. Charles; 636-949-4411 or Admission is $5.
Sat., Feb. 5, 2011

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