Wednesday, November 16, 2011

200 Motels (1971)

Directors: Tony Palmer & Frank Zappa

Starring: Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon, Jimmy Carl Black, Janet Neville-Ferguson, Martin Lickert, Don Preston

More info: IMDb

Plot: "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.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again? Nooop.

Wow. What a jumbled mess of insanity that makes little sense for an hour and forty minutes. I've been a reasonable fan of Zappa's music for more than a decade but this was almost unbearable. I can appreciate it from the standpoint that he clearly had some crazy ideas and to make a cacophony of sound and pictures had to have taken a lot of work. The only thing I really dug was Ringo Starr. He's fantastic in every scene he's in and he shows up quite a bit. Other than that, it's just a scrambled load of noise and media that didn't make any sense and begged me to ask, "Why?"

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