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Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
Archived: Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

director: Thorsten Schütte

With: Frank Zappa, Ringo Star, Václav Havel, Steve Allen, a.o.

duration: 93 minutes
Documentary, Music/Musical

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Film Fest Gent - Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Born in 1940, Frank Zappa - self-taught composer, musician, bandleader, producer and independent thinker - first transcribed his avant-garde, Varèse-influenced compositions onto paper at fourteen. He only began to write lyrics in his early twenties. Nevertheless, upon the '66 release of his debut album, FREAK OUT! (with THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION), he swiftly became the most quotable voice of dissent in popular music.

A subtle, skillful montage constructed solely from historic footage, EAT THAT QUESTION- FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS is an energetic celebration of this outspoken maestro. Zappa died far too early, in 1993, of cancer. How important then, that such unforgettable Zappa interviews and performances across three decades have been painstakingly gathered by director Thorsten Schütte from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world to create this unique 90 minute feature documentary.

Following Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death at 52, Eat That Question-Frank Zappa in His Own Words seats us right up front from the start; close enough to Zappa to read the flickering emotions in his eyes.

An intimate encounter with the iconoclastic composer and musician Frank Zappa. Rare archival footage reveals a provocative 20th-century musical genius. "A fascinating run-through of Zappa's greatest - and weirdest - moments." (The Guardian)


director: Thorsten Schütte
producer: Estelle Fialon
Editor: Willibald Wonneberger

production company: Les Films du Poisson

More info

dialogue: English, French
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: France - Germany
year: 2016

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THORSTEN SCHÜTTE: Crossroads (1999, TV Movie), I Was the King of Porn... The Adventurous Life of Lasse Braun (2003, TV Movie), Namibia Generation X (2005, TV Movie), Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,33


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