Thorsten SchĂĽtteâ€™s film is a sharply edited and energetic celebration of Frank Zappa through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences.
Utilising potent TV interviews and many forgotten performances from his 30-year career, we are immersed into the musicianâ€™s world while experiencing two distinct facets of his complex character.
At once Zappa was both a charismatic composer who reveled in the joy of performing and, in the next moment, a fiercely intelligent and brutally honest interviewee whose convictions only got stronger as his career ascended.
Zappa was uncompromising as he led the charge against music censorship in the â€™90s and even went on to embrace the role of quasi-cultural ambassador in the Czech Republic.
His music and ideas are vital, and they cut across generations, while his goal of freeing the listener from conformity still resonates today.