Eat That Question—Frank Zappa in His Own Words

"A skilfully assembled salute."
- Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Synopsis

Born in 1940, FRANK ZAPPA—self-taught composer, musician, bandleader, producer and independent thinker —first transcribed his avant-garde, Varèse-influenced compositions onto paper at fourteen. He only began to write lyrics in his early twenties. Nevertheless, upon the ‘66 release of his debut album, FREAK OUT! (with THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION), he swiftly became the most quotable voice of dissent in popular music. A subtle, skillful montage constructed solely from historic footage, EAT THAT QUESTION—FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS is an energetic celebration of this outspoken maestro. Zappa died far too early, in 1993, of cancer. How important then, that such unforgettable Zappa interviews and performances across three decades have been painstakingly gathered by director THORSTEN SCHÜTTE from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world to create this unique 90 minute feature documentary. Following Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death at 52, Eat That Question—Frank Zappa in His Own Words seats us right up front from the start; close enough to Zappa to read the flickering emotions in his eyes.
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 90 min
Year: 2016

CREDITS

CAST
Frank Zappa ()
DIRECTED BY
Thorsten Schütte

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PHOTOS

Frank Zappa. Photo by Sam Emerson, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Charles Ash and Frank Zappa. Photo by Brian Lagerman, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa @ Reelin' In The Years Productions LLC_1973, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa @ Fremantlemedia North America_1971_What's My Line, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right, Frank Zappa and Steve Allen @ Retro Video, Inc-2, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa @ Zappa Family Trust, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa @ Zappa Family Trust, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa. Photo by John Livzey, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa. Photo by Mark Hanauer, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa. Photo by Joe Corsage, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa. Photo by Joe Menage, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa @ Bell Media Inc, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Frank Zappa. Photo by Fritz Brinckmann, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Director Thorsten Schütte. Photo by by Stephan Zaubitzer, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.