What makes this so entertaining aren't really the morbid characters that are being interviewed but how candid and articulate they are about their quirks and their dysfunctional childhoods. And the fact that no one ever seems uncomfortable made me wonder if, as interesting as it is, this could just be a lazy documentary showcasing eccentrics instead of, you know...digging deep. But I love it anyway.
Much of the brilliance showcased in this documentary stems directly from the tortured, deeply flawed geniuses of all three Crumb brothers. Borderline schizophrenics in their childhood, only Robert managed to exorcise his demons entirely thorugh very detailed, bizarre yet masterful drawings of his all-dominating sexual neurosis, that of which his two brothers were hopeless victims. The epilogue is sad and shocking.
R. Crumb is to comic books what C. Bukowski is to literature. That being said, this doc is complete: examining, vivid, provocative, breathtaking. Truly essential to understand the mind of one of the most brilliant and influential American artists. In a certain way, essential to understand America itself. Best doc I've ever seen to date.