“Touring makes you crazy.”
Frank Zappa channels the experiences of his band, The Mothers of Invention, as they tour the country, experiment with drugs, and do anything they can to get both laid and paid.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Ringo Starr Films
- Rock ‘n Roll
Response to Peary’s Review:
While this psychedelic film — “meant to be a visualization of a Mothers tour seen through the eyes of someone (presumably Zappa) who has gone crazy from being on tour with the Mothers” — should be lauded for its no-holds-barred experimental approach (Tony Palmer’s “wild and weird” visuals… make Ken Russell seem conservative”), it’s “never as witty as one would like… and it becomes tiresome”. Peary laments the irreverent lyrics and “occasionally imaginative but mostly annoying” visuals:
… and ultimately argues that it “should have been erased” rather than transferred from its original video format to film. 200 Motels is undoubtedly included as a “must see” in his book due to its cult status, but it’s not essential viewing for all film fanatics.
- Ringo Starr as Zappa’s avatar
No; despite its popularity as a cult film, this one is really only must-see viewing for true Zappa fans.