Despite the attempts of countless people in the music industry and the media at large, Frank Zappa remains a figure who defies easy categorization.
Composer, businessman, guitarist, provocateur — all of these classifications apply to Zappa, who died of cancer in 1993 at the age of 52.
But they each paint an incomplete picture of this most complex man.
A new film finds a creative solution to this problem: let the man speak for himself.
“Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words” tells Zappa’s stories through decades of television interviews and performances.
The project was a massive labor of love for its director, German-born documentary filmmaker Thorsten Schütte.
“I’ve been familiar with Frank Zappa’s music for decades," he said. "I grew up with his music and I was always very fond of his whole body of work. “But from the filmmaker's point of view over the years, I’m doing documentaries for over 20 years now, (and) every time when I was researching in some archive I was always looking for what, for example, Italian television had in their vaults, (or) what the Swiss had in their vaults. When you’re traveling you do that kind of research. Certain snippets were popping up.”
It was around a decade ago, Schütte said, that the idea came to assemble this archival material into a film of its own.Read on...
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