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Frank Zappa is featured in Eat That Question, a fascinating and compelling documentary that explores the artist’s uniquely ticking parts.

Joe Corsage/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

3 out of 4 stars

Title
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
Directed by
Thorsten Schutte
Genre
Documentary
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English
Year
2016

"I'm famous," the late Frank Zappa says in a new doc, "but most people don't even know what I do."

What he did was music – doo-wop, jazz-rock, guitar-rock, orchestral music and satirical pop – in weird and unpredictable ways. Exclusively using archival footage of interviews and concert performances – less of the latter – director Thorsten Schutte demystifies a moustachioed maverick whose exposure to the mainstream came from novelty hits and his crusade against music censorship.

Eat That Question, a fascinating and compelling dive into an artist's uniquely ticking parts, gives voice to a complex dude and broadens the picture.

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