200 Motels

    200 Motels 1971

    Fantasy comedy by Tony Palmer
    Frank Zappa. 1h18m. USA: R
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    Less a movie than a purposely crude series of musical vignettes and inside jokes for die-hard 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." The rest of the plot-less production is filled with more self-reflexive reminders, as the close-up eye and tape recorder signal that Zappa is watching everything his bandmembers are doing. Reasonably, the Mothers of Invention make up the cast, notably Jimmy Carl Black, who repeatedly remarks how he just wants to quit the band and go play real music, have a beer, and get laid. The character of Jeff, played by Martin Lickert, was written for bassist Jeff Simmons, who actually did quit the band just prior to shooting. Other cast members include real-life groupies appearing in some bizarre nudity sequences, along with the Who's drummer Keith Moon as the Hot Nun who overdoses on drugs. Ringo Starr appears as Larry the Dwarf and lends some humorous narration, but that does not clarify any of the proceedings. The action supposedly takes place in Centerville, which is really a kind of poorly dressed set guarded by soldiers.
    The Mothers Of Invention
    Theodore Bikel
    Keith Moon
    Janet Neville-Ferguson
    Lucy Offerall
    Jimmy Carl Black
    Martin Lickert
    Dick Barber
    Don Preston
    Pamela Des Barres
    Ruth Underwood
    Judy Gridley
    Ringo Starr

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