Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

2016 | France, Germany | R | 90 min.


Bijou by the Bay Sat, Jul 30, 2016 9:00 PM
City Opera House Sun, Jul 31, 2016 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Official Selection: Documentary
Release Year:2016
Runtime:90 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Production Country:France
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Frank Zappa
Director:Thorsten Shütte


If you’re going to break the rules, you’d better do it with purpose—that’s what made Frank Zappa great, and that’s what makes this documentary about his life and legacy so exhilaratingly essential. Whether or not you’re familiar with the prolific output (over 80 albums are credited to his name) of one of rock ‘n roll’s most controversial and misunderstood cult figures—known as much for his lacerating wit as his musical genius—you’ll be completely absorbed by this vivid portrait of an undeniably brilliant mind. Made up entirely of interviews with and performances by Zappa, Thorsten Schütte defies traditional biopic tropes—and in the process, perfectly captures the provocative artist’s essence. Zappa tackled everything with fierce intelligence and biting humor, from his battles with Tipper Gore over parental music labels and artistic censorship, to his role in inspiring the Czechoslovakian revolution. All of his glorious complexities are on full display in this film that is as uncompromising, energetic, and brash as the legend himself.