Watched it this past weekend on free on demand cable. i finally loved it. Seeing FREAKS first on the double bill made it real difficult to enjoy. Watching just about ANYTHING after Freaks would be anti-climactic to say the least.
That's funny. When I saw 200 Motels for the first time when I was a senior in high school at the local theater it was also a double bill with Freaks. I like it more now too.
I wrote on another topic that the film would be much easier to swallow today, than it was yesterday ... maybe it was that we're not impressed by the glut of television, music, news and crap, and we will watch it ... for what it is ... a nice trip down ... Frank Zappa boulevard! With lots of music!
I was actually thinking that one of the things that Dweezil could/should try and do, is a production of 200 Motels, but I'm not sure that the kid wants to go past his rock gawd thing ... and the fear of this falling apart on him, is not something that he can enjoy right now. You can not have fear when doing this stuff ... as simple as that!
I would love to be a part of this, but my staging would be so psycedelic that most people would wonder ... what's going on ... but it will be another wonderful slice of surrealistic psychedelia ... having fun, instead of being politically, or socially serious. 200 Motels is much easier to handle than that, since there really is not that much serious stuff ... you're too "stoned" for it to be serious, and this is, by far, the one album where Frank just let the fun hang around, even if it was getting weird and some folks (dialogue) were wondering what it all meant. The fact that there were no "conclusions" should tell you everything you need to know.
Today, the weird stuff, or the paranoia stuff, or the sexy stuff, is so mild that the whole thing ... seems ludicrous and silly. Watching Keith in a nun's outfit ... is fun ... and stupid at the same time, but Keith didn't care ... he just wanted to have fun ... and a lot of the things in there, are quite ad-lib and not likely to have been scripted, and some of them may have been accidentally caught ... albeit we all think that everything was "scripted" which is likely, but not always possible ... film, above all, always has an extra minute or two that ... you can't leave behind! It is the part that helps make its magic come alive!
Like some of the best weirdo's and strange film makers of the day, those being Federico Fellini and Jean Luc Godard, the fun thing about this film is that Frank made them look like ... Fellini is just a silly boy still playing the kid taking the pee on the river that gets punished by his mom ... for a very different reason! ... and Jean Luc is just ... wishy washy and sometimes plain weird ... as an excuse to do something different. Frank didn't have to try ... it was already there, right in front of him. Fellini needed costumes and color ... and Godard needed backwards sequences, camera playing the pendulum sequences ... and words over it to throw you off ... Frank just turned it on and let it fly! The results? Far superior to the master film makers ... but because it was so ahead of its time in design, concept and in the making, the film ended up being trashed senseless and did not get the promotion and support that it deserved and even today this film is still in hawk, and I believe that the trust is not in control of it.
Movies, btw, have been the insdustry that stole the most from people and still control the copyrights out there ... you just get your nickel and goodbye! The music business has grown to stop most of that, but the film business is still in control of the Copyrights definitions and decisions today. And for this reason they still deny a lot of the digital stuff and my only hope is that they will lose all their rights when things get all digital and they want to save a film!
At any rate, it is a great film, just not the usualy fare out there and rather tough to get the top ten folks that love those hero things to enjoy a film like this ... but someday they will ahve to grow up beyond the bum kissing social regime that wants you to worship heros so they can continue taking money from your wallet ... as an excuse to entertain you!