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Directed by Frank Zappa

United States 2015 95 mins.

Filmed over three nights in December 1973 at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, Roxy: The Movie perfectly encapsulates the qualities that made Frank Zappa such a revolutionary musical pioneer. Thanks to advances in digital technology, this never-before-released film—which sat in the Zappa vaults for decades because its sound didn’t meet Zappa’s technical standards—is finally being shared with music lovers around the world. Roxy features the unparalleled composer and guitarist leading one of the most iconic iterations of his backing band the Mothers (including keyboardist George Duke, trombonist Bruce Fowler, flutist Napoleon Murphy Brock, bassist Tom Fowler, drummers Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson, and percussionist Ruth Underwood) through some of Zappa’s most challenging and rewarding music. A unique big screen treat.



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