The film stars zappas own band members the mothers of invention as caricatures of themselves. Right from the start, frank zappa had a weakness not only for music, but also for filmmaking. Nuclearplanet i feel like this sums up what its like it be high without actually being high visually. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or instore pickup. The mothers of invention arrive in centerville, another stopover in an endlessly long tour where every stage is the same as the next. Zappa described 200 motels, which marked his directorial debut, as a surrealistic documentary. The storyappears to make the members of the mothers look like sexist pigs in the prefeminist era of 1971.
These elements are fantasies that the band have come up with whilst on extended tours. The soundtrack to frank zappas strange early70s film 200 motels was always doomed to be a peripheral entry in his discography. Frank zappa in 200 motels movie poster 1971 for sale. Frank zappa frank zappas 200 motels video dailymotion. Written by frank zappa and directed by tony palmer frank zappas 200 motels is a bizarre piece of work that intersperses live performances with surrealist scenes. Absurd, entertaining, and totally off the wall, the film attempts to capture the reality of life on the road for a touring rock n roll musicianin a manner. Frank zappa celebrity profile check out the latest frank zappa photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at rotten tomatoes. But it was only in 1971 that he finally managed to convince mgm to provide funding for a joint movie called 200 motels, a. Original 200 motels 1971 movie poster in vf condition. Comedy, documentary, fantasy, music, science fiction 1971 add to watchlist.
Synopsis by andrea levasseur less a movie than a purposely crude series of musical vignettes and inside jokes for diehard fans, frank zappa informs viewers in the opening scene that touring can make you crazy, ladies and gentlemen, and that is what 200 motels is all about. Frank zappa lonesome cowboy burt from the film 200. Touring makes you crazy, frank zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the mothers of invention were touring. A remastered box set edition of frank zappas 1971 movie 200 motels will be released in 2019. The true story of 200 motels dvd is a documentary about making 200 motels. The movie was shot on videotape, at pinewood studios, london, england in five days at the beginning of february 1971. 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 movie s story was not easy to follow, and neither is the record not that plot was ever a big focus of the production. This movie is mainly set in the fictional town of centerville, somewhere in the southern united states, where the visiting rock band gets in trouble with the local xenophobic rednecks. Zappa directed the performances, palmer did the visuals.
Among the dramas enacted is the defection of one drummer, the firing of another, and zappas announcement to the band and film crew that he would hire the. Overview of 200 motels, 1971, directed by frank zappa, with mark volman, howard kaylan, ian underwood, at turner classic movies. As a famous first, frank zappas 1971 film 200 motels set a standard for hundreds of wacky experimental, bmovies to come. As frank stated in the true story of 200 motels its easier to get guys to essentially play themselves, which makes it. Frank zappas 200 motels movie box set to be released. It presents a lot of visual effects which were completely new at. A rehearsal for a scene with do you like me new car got saved in this manner. It would be unfair to even label this a movie in any traditional sense, since it was cobbled together from the of the script the filmmakers were able to shoot due to budget and time constraints.
It was shot in london in five days at the beginning of 1971. Designed to demonstrate the experience of life as a touring musician, the film mixes myriad avantgarde visual techniques, including superimpositions, dissolves, matte shots, special effects, animation and fastand slowmotion sequences. The premiere new york city, ny martin melhuish, zappas 200 motels life on the road, grapevine canadian edition, december 1, 1971, p. Original movie poster for 200 motels 1971 4706 united artists half sheet poster 22x28 folded very good offered by kirby mcdaniel movieart of austin, texas. Released in 1971, the movie 200 motels was the actualization of a lifelong dream for mothers of invention founder frank zappa. In 1970 mgm was prepared to offer zappa a limited budget for making his own movie. But it was only in 1971 that he finally managed to convince mgm to provide funding for a joint movie called 200 motels, a surrealstory about a touring band that. As a narrative work the film makes little to no sense but, when. United artists had gone to considerable expense, actually i found out later that frank also had more than a picayune. Its typically wacky zappa of the era, with unpredictable sharp turns between crunchy rock bombast, orchestration, and jazzclassical.494 1501 437 1349 930 1177 1326 807 513 425 487 536 929 1133 170 422 305 289 66 944 1569 1392 978 628 104 1128 935 242 37 806 271 304 563 291 102 1220 855 989 146 1007 1 989