The Amazing Mr. Bickford 1987 (DVD)
Region One. North American Format. (Will play in the US and Canada)
Several pieces of Frank Zappa's music are set against clay animation by Bruce Bickford.
We enter Bruce Bickford's studio in Santa Monica, California; it's 1978. Various technicians are at work; drawers upon drawers are full of figurines. Bickford says a few things, and then, with Zappa's symphonic music on the soundtrack, we're taken into various Bickford creations. Knife-wielding Africans fight rifle-toting Whites. A drawing of a toilet fills the screen, various foods emerge from it, and they change shapes swiftly into images of animals and things. In claymation, three everymen move through landscapes of danger and conflict. Moments of the every day change quickly into grotesque images. Little holds its shape for more than a moment.
Directors: Frank Zappa, Bruce Bickford (uncredited)
Writer: Frank Zappa
Stars: Bruce Bickford, Frank Zappa
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