"Touring makes you crazy", Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this movie came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by ...
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A concert movie showing a performance by the much-loved 1973 incarnation of the Mothers of Invention. An incredible cast of musicians treat us to a selection of blistering, pointillist jazz... See full summary »
Napoleon Murphy Brock
Using takes and rehearsals discarded from the original edit plus interviews made during the shooting, Zappa reconstructs the bizarre story of 200 Motels, one of the most problematic ... See full synopsis »
Phyllis Smith Altenhaus,
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Composer and pianist Franz Liszt (Roger Daltrey) attempts to overcome his hedonistic life-style while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner (Paul Nicholas).
In a little over an hour, 'VIDEO FROM HELL' provides a preview of current and projected Honker releases, including 'BABY SNAKES', 'THE TRUE STORY OF 200 MOTELS' and 'UNCLE MEAT' (all 1987 ... See full summary »
Phyllis Smith Altenhaus,
"Touring makes you crazy", Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this movie 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.Written by
George S. Davis
I've been a fan since 1974 and had the fortune of obtaining the original Mothers albums CHEAP -as MGM/Verve was deleting them from its catalog. Then I caught up on the Warner Brothers albums and was never enamoured with the 'Flo & Eddie' period. Still I caught 200 Motels at one of those 99 cent midnight movies that were popular back then. Everyone in the audience looked a lot like the people up on the screen and when it was over it made me think that "Flower Power" may have been a myth after all; in a way I think the experience made me appreciate and/or pity those Mothers working under such grueling conditions. The 'story'appears to make the members of the Mothers look like sexist pigs in the pre-feminist era of 1971. Mostly they behave pathetic and predatory. As Frank stated in "The True Story of 200 Motels" its easier to get guys to essentially play themselves, which makes it remarkable that they all go along with it. Some of you may recall Jeff Simmons quit the group when he saw the lines he was supposed to deliver, which turned out to be self-fulfilling prophesy!
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