From the Wiki: Crumb is a 1994 documentary film about the noted underground cartoonist Robert Crumb (R. Crumb) and his family. Directed by Terry Zwigoff and produced by Lynn O’Donnell, it won widespread acclaim. It was released in the USA on April 28, 1995, having been screened at film festivals the previous year.[1] Jeffery M. Anderson (later critic for the San Francisco Examiner) placed the film on his list of the ten greatest films of all time, labeling it “the greatest documentary ever made.”

You know that thin, yellow line that separates right and left lanes on a road?  What would happen if it suddenly disapeared?  The act of driving, I suspect, would suddenly become a great deal more harrowing, though nothing tangible has in fact been removed at all.  Less visible lines than these no doubt exist everywhere in our lives.  They allow us to perform complex physical and emotional acts with scarce thought given how fragile the boundaries separating us from disaster really are.  They become part of the landscape of our lives.  And though we may not see them or even be consciously aware they are there, they allow us to continue to function reasonably well on a day to day basis.  Most of us anyway.

Crumb provides a voyeuristic look into a family, one of whom happens to be relatively famous for his cartooning, who are not able to function reasonably well on a day to day basis.  Lines have been erased at important junctures in their lives, accidents have happened.  Damage has been done.  Watch with morbid curiosity.  One could be forgiven while doing so for thinking there but for the grace of God go I.


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