200 Motels

Synopsis: "Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid.
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Music
Director(s): Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
 
IMDB:
5.9
Rotten Tomatoes:
67%
R
Year:
1971
98 min
61 Views

A MURAKAMI / WOLF / BIZARRE PRODUCTION

color by Technicolor

THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION

THEODORE BIKEL:

Music performed by The Mothers of Invention

MARK VOLMAN / HOWARD KAYLAN / IAN UNDERWOOD /AYNSLEY DUNBAR / GEORGE DUKE

Introducing:

KEITH MOON / JANET FERGUSON

LUCY OFFERALL / JIMMY CARL BLACK

MARTIN LICKERT / DICK BARBER

DON PRESTON / PAMELA MILLER

RUTH UNDERWOOD /JUDY GRIDLEY

RINGO STARR:

FRANK ZAPPA'S 200 MOTELS

Music composed and arranged by:

FRANK ZAPPA:

Music performed by:

THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Choreographed by:

GILLIAN LYNNE:

Story and screenplay by

FRANK ZAPPA:

Shooting script by:

TONY PALMER:

Associate producers

RAOUL RAGEL / BRIAN HARRIS

Produced by

JERRY GOOD / HERB COHEN

characterizations directed by

FRANK ZAPPA:

Visuals directed by

TONY PALMER:

Ladies and gentlemen!

200 motels

200 motels . . . Life on the road!

Ladies and gentlemen! and here is . . .

Who?

Larry the dwarf!

Larry likes to dress up funny

Tonight he's dressed up like Frank Zappa

Let's ask him "What's the deal?"

Hi Larry, it's good to have you back

on our panel.

Hi Dave, it's really great to be back on your panel.

I'm sure the people at home would be interested to know why such a large dwarf as you is all dressed up like Frank Zappa.

Tell us Larry, eh . . . what's the deal?

He made me do it, Dave. He's such a creep.

He's making me hold this alladin.

And why is he making you do that, Larry?

He wants me to f*ck the girl with the harp.

He wants you to f*ck the girl . . . with the harp?

No, no, with the magic lamp. He wants me to stuff it

up her and rub it.

Hm. Hm-hm-hm. Ho-ho-ho, ha-ha. A-HA-HA-HA-HO-HO.

Let's ask our studio audience. If you'd just been lowered down here on TV by a wire connected to a brown leather

harness, forced by a crazy person to insert a mysterious, imported lamp into the reproductive-rep-rep-rep into-into

the rep-rep-reproductive orifice of a lady harpist

and you were a dwarf . . . would you do it?

YES!!!

Yay!

Let's spin the big wheel, Larry! Go ahead,

give it a whirl!

What our studio audience doesn't know is that

the reason Larry the Dwarf

is doing all this stuff is because its all part

of the score to 200 Motels. Every word,

every action, the lamp,

the reproductive orifice, it's all in the score, so he

has to do it. This whole event is a fantasy that occurred touring on the road. Touring can make you crazy, ladies and gentlemen.

That is precisely what 200 Motels is all about.

Say!

Ow! Look out!

Ow! Look out!

Ow! Look out!

How long?

How long?

Till that mystery roach be arrivin' soon

Ya-ooo Ya-ooo Ya-ooo Ya-ooo

That mystery roach be approachin'

That mystery roach be approachin' me

La La La La La La La, Oof!

How long?

How long?

Till that mystery roach been gone

Ya-ooo-ooo-oo-ooo

Ya-ooo-ooo-oo-ooo

That mystery roach be approachin'

That mystery roach be approachin' me

La La La La La La La, Oof!

That mystery roach be approachin'

That mystery roach be approachin' me

La La La La La La La, Oof!

Mystery mystery mystery mystery

mystery mystery mystery roach!

Mystery mystery mystery mystery

mystery mystery mystery roach!

Mystery mystery mystery mystery

mystery mystery mystery roach!

Mystery mystery mystery mystery

mystery mystery mystery roach!

Mystery mystery mystery mystery

mystery mystery mystery roach!

Mystery mystery mystery mystery

mystery mystery mystery roach!

Room service?

Ah . . . a mystery roach . . .

What are we SINGING about?

We must be . . . FLIPPING OUT!

Special delivery for Mr. Volman! Mr. Volman?

Are you Volman?

(Sniff sniff) Do you smell somethin' weird? (Sniff sniff)

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Frank Zappa

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa's diverse musical influences led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to categorize. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues and doo-wop music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands, later switching to electric guitar. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. He continued this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz or classical. Zappa's output is unified by a conceptual continuity he termed "Project/Object", with numerous musical phrases, ideas, and characters reappearing across his albums. His lyrics reflected his iconoclastic views of established social and political processes, structures and movements, often humorously so. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship. Unlike many other rock musicians of his generation, he personally disapproved of drugs and seldom used them, but supported their decriminalization and regulation. During Zappa's lifetime, he was a highly productive and prolific artist, earning widespread acclaim from critics and fellow musicians. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and worked as an independent artist for most of his career. He remains a major influence on musicians and composers. His honors include his 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 1997 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, he was ranked number 36 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at number 71 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and in 2011 at number 22 on its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". more…

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