Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Synopsis: In the 20th Century, Frank Zappa made his mark as a musician unlike any other in America. With a wild eccentric iconoclastic attitude guiding his distinctive music, which it was itself guided by a firm intellectual integrity, Zappa made himself an unforgettable force in popular music. This film covers his life and work through various archival footage through the decades. Whether it was his taboo challenging early creations, his outspoken efforts against the political forces determined to censor him or his constant quest for new artistic challenges, Zappa made a mark no one could ignore.
Director(s): Thorsten Schütte
Production: Les Films du Poisson
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

who listen to what we do.

You can't please 'em all.

I mean, there are some people that

only like the earliest albums,

and they think they're really true fans,

but actually they're just fucked, you know?

They're just these snotty little people

who don't really understand what's going on.

These are the people

who know everything they know

about me from Rolling Stone magazine.

People just crave those early albums

and don't know anything about

what we're doing today.

Does that upset you? Obviously, it's...

Well, I hate to see anybody

with a closed mind on any topic.

So, I just feel sorry

that they're missing out on a lot of good stuff

that's happened since 1967.

Your mothers and fathers

are all drinking beer...


They're watching Roller Derby,

and then they change the channel.

And then they see you guys on the floor,

and they say, "Oh, boy, they're really sick."

I think I might be calling you something

that most of America wouldn't call you.

They'd look upon you as an exploiter.

Why an exploiter?

An exploiter of a... Of a... Of a revolution...

Someone hoping to sell tickets to a concert

on the basis of a social revolution.

Did we ever advertise

that we were going to promote a revolution,

display a revolution, discuss a revolution,

or have anything to do

with a revolution at a concert?

In many ways, you epitomize the revolution.

Well, that has nothing to do with the means

by which we advertise a concert.

We advertise that we're coming there to play.

The word gets around.

Plastic people

You gotta go

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Plastic people

You gotta go...

Hey, that sounds like shit.

Frank, a few questions

that we'd like to ask you this evening

come from high school students

in southeast Pennsylvania.

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