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Post 2008-04-14 16:05   [Quote] 
Video documentaries about Frank Zappa

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Check the Catalogue Phaze II introduction.
Here are listed all the mayor video documentaries (over 30 minutes) focused on FZ, often including heterogeneous video materials (live footage, interviews with FZ or other band members, etc.).
Broadcast or TV Show with single (partial or complete) live performances, including A Token Of My Extreme and We Don't Mess Around, are not listed (you can find them listed in the tour and unreleased stuff pages of the catalogue). Also are not listed here the video materials from the Prague and Budapest FZ visits in 1990 e 1991 (again, check the unreleased stuff page).
Obviously you should start with the official movies and videos (even if not all of them are currently officially available) and with the excellent Classic Albums: Apostrophe (')/Over-Nite Sensation.
We also have a short appendix with some interesting related documentaries with FZ content.
Send me a Private Message or use the forum if you have additions or corrections.

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1971 - Frank Zappa - aka A Day With Frank - directed by Roelof Kiers, VPRO TV, Netherlands - 55 min.
Contains live and home footage from 1970 - info - transcription
on the tracker :
* 1971 VPRO Documentary UPGRADE from digital source (Desaab)
* 1971 VPRO Documentary Another version DVD (desaab)
* 1970 VPRO Documentary DVD (erroneous) - reseed

1971 - Frank Zappa filmt 200 Motels - aka The Making of 200 Motels - directed by Roelof Kiers, VPRO TV, Netherlands - 35 min.
Contains footage from Frank Zappa and from 1971 200 Motels shooting (Pinewood Studios, Uk) - info - transcription
on the tracker :
* 2007 04 25 VPRO Holland DOC NL - "The making of 200 Motels" PAL (Desaab)
* as part of 1971+1990+2000 Frank Zappa on Dutch tv DVD (jazzfromhell)

1978 - Ohne Maulkorb - aka Rudi's Cadillac Extravaganza - directed by Rudolf Dolezal and Klaus Hundsbichler, ORF TV, Austria - different versions exist, from 35 to 55 min.
Contains footage from 200 Motels and from 1977/78 tour "behind the scene" - info
on the tracker : as part of 1978 03 30 "Ohne Maulkorb", 1984 Rudi Dolezal interview, 1989 "X Large Special" PAL DVD (malkie) - incomplete version (35 min. only)

1980 - Frank Zappa: New York und Anderswo - aka Frank Zappa: New York & Elsewhere - directed by Rudolf Dolezal and and Hannes Rossacher, Austria - different versions exist, from 25 to 45 min.
Contains live footage and interviews from May 1980 - info
on the tracker :
* New York and Elsewhere raw VHS rip fixed (DLHotch)
* 1980 05 08+10 FZ New York & Elsewhere DVD (Nanook) - reseed
* New York and Elsewhere high-bitrate raw VHS rip (DLHotch)
A partial audio rip can be found as part of GSW Project vol.#23 1980 (T-1500)

1989 - Frank Zappa - 20 Jahre Extravaganza - directed by Rudolf Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, X-Large, Austria - 45 min.
Contains various sixties, seventies and eighties footage, see also 1994 - Ein Leben als Extravaganza--Das Genie Frank Zappa - info
on the tracker : as part of 1978 03 30 "Ohne Maulkorb", 1984 Rudi Dolezal interview, 1989 "X Large Special" PAL DVD (malkie)
A better and stand-alone DVD version was seeded somewhere but is not on the tracker.
Note: a shortened version (30 min.) was broadcasted in 1992 in Germany (as an intermission for one of the broadcast of the Frankfurt The Yellow Shark show) as Frank Zappa - 25 Jahre Extravaganza:
on the tracker : Al Fresco Collection - DVD VII 25 Year Extravaganza 28.59 PAL (Al Fresco-unicrayon)

1991 - Frank Zappa - Peefeeyatko - directed by Henning Lohner, WDR3, Germany - 60 min.
Focused on FZ and synclavier in 1990 - info - transcription
on the tracker :
* as part of haabs Archive vol 1 The Yellow Shark rehearsals / Peefeeyatko (new rip)
* 1991 Peefeeyatko DVD English 60 min (marcomat)
* 1991 10 10 "Peefeeyatko" (German) WDR3 Henning Lohner's documentary DVD (desaab)
* Peefeeyatko - 1991 - 59.52 PAL PCM (faroba-unicrayon) *English Version*

1992 - AAAFNRAA - Yellow Shark Rehearsals - directed by Van Carlson, PPV, Germany - 30 min.
FZ and Ensemble Modern in Los Angeles, July, 1991, and Frankfurt, July, 1992 - info - transcription
on the tracker :
* as part of haabs Archive vol 1 The Yellow Shark rehearsals / Peefeeyatko (new rip)
* 1992 - The Yellow Shark Rehearsals DVD (bakke)
* as part of 1992 09 17 & 07 xx Yellow Shark-aaafnraa 87.23+29.30 DVD (dameon) - reseed

1993 - The Late Show - Frank Zappa - directed by Elaine Shepherd, BBC2 TV, UK - 45 min. + 90min. of video clips from various sources
FZ biography with many archive materials, followed by a 90 minutes collection of musical videos from 1968 to 1986. The first part was also broadcasted by A&E in the US as part of the serie A&E Biography - info - transcription
on the tracker :
* 1993 BBC Late Show Pt1 of 2 DVD PAL Fergy TheTooleMan
* 1993 BBC Late Show Pt2 of 2 DVD PAL Fergy TheTooleMan
* 1993 03 12 BBC The Late Show Special single DVD (Desaab-zymurgy) (or here)
* 1993 03 12 BBC The Late Show Special DVD (erroneous) - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

1994 - A&E Biography - Frank Zappa - 45min.
see above The Late Show - info
on the tracker :
* as part of Zappa Interviews - Lagz FZ Archives Vol - 5 - VHS to DVD (Lagz)
* 1940-1993 Frank Zappa A&E Biography 46.19 DVD (bobo)

1994 - Ein Leben als Extravaganza--Das Genie Frank Zappa - directed by Rudolf Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, DoRo, Austria - 50 min.
Contains various sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties footage - info - transcription
on the tracker :
* 1993 FZ Ein Leben als Extravaganza 47.50 DVD (tomcad)
* as part of Extravaganza & more DVD in French (Cosmikd)

1995 - Die Frühen Mutter: Frank Zappa - directed by Rudolf Dolezal, DoRo/Viva - 45min
A reworked version of the above 1994 - Ein Leben als Extravaganza--Das Genie Frank Zappa - info
on the tracker : as part of 1968-1994 - FZ on german TV DVD (script)

2000 - Frank Zappa: The Present-Day Composer Refuses To Die - directed by Frank Scheffer, VPRO, 50min
Contains various sixties, seventies and nineties footage - info
on the tracker :
* 2007 04 27 VPRO HOLLAND DOC NL - "The present day composer refuses to die" PAL (Desaab)
* as part of 1971+1990+2000 Frank Zappa on Dutch tv DVD (jazzfromhell)

2002 - Frank Zappa: Phase Two--The Big Note - directed by Frank Scheffer, VPRO, Netherlands, 90min
This should be an itermediate step between 2000 - Frank Zappa: The Present-Day Composer Refuses To Die (see above) and 2007 - Frank Zappa--Pioneer Of Future Music (see below) - info
Not on the tracker

2007 - Frank Zappa--Pioneer Of Future Music - directed by Frank Scheffer, VPRO, Netherlands, 120min
The definitive (?) version of Frank Scheffer documentary on FZ - info
on the tracker : 2007 04 29 VPRO NL - "A Pioneer Of The Future Of Music" (Desaab) Part 1 - Part 2

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Appendix: related video documentaries with relevant Zappa content

A very essential choice. PM me if you think something should be added to this list.

1989 - Schöne Poesie Is Krampf...--Internationale Essener Songtage 1968 - directed by Michael and Joachim Rüsenberg, West3, Germany, 60 min.
This documentary is about the first Essener Songtage in 1968: includes a few minutes of FZ contents, both from 1968 and the eighties - info
on the tracker : "Schöne Poesie Is Krampf... " - Internationale Essener Songtage 1968 - DVD PAL (jazzrita) Dime Reseed
Note: it's also available a low quality mpg with only the zappa excerpts, a better summary of this documentary is available as part of 1968-1994 - FZ on german TV DVD (script)

1994 - A Touch Of Genius--The Life And Times Of Nicolas Slonimsky/The First 100 Years - directed by John Huszar, FilmAmerica, US, 55 min.
This documentary about Nicolas Slonimsky includes one of the very last interview with FZ - info
on the tracker : 1994 Nicolas Slonimsky -A Touch of Genius w/ last Zappa footage NTSC DVD TV-PBS 2nd gen

1994 - The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart - directed by Elaine Shepherd, BBC2 TV, UK, 45 min. + 15 min.
Really nice TV-special about Cpt. Beefheart brodcasted in 1997 by BBC, with some elsewhere unseen FZ interview. A shortened version is included.
on the tracker : CB - BBC Documentary DVD

2010 - Pierre Boulez, le geste musical - documentary by Marie-Christine Gambart, TvWeb, France, 50min
Unseen 1984 footage is included.
on the tracker : 2010 xx xx Pierre Boulez, le geste musical 51.56 MPG (Cosmikd)

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