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Tales of the Rat Fink

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From the award-winning director of Comic Book Confidential and Grass comes Tales Of The Rat Fink, Ron Mann's wildly inventive bio about Renaissance man Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who engineered a shift in mid-twentieth century culture with his customized cars, "monster" T-shirts and America's alternative rodent--"Rat Fink."

Ed Roth was a giant as an artist as well as a behemoth as a man. He and his fellow Kar Kustomizers worked in the only uniquely American art medium, the automobile. He never thought of his creations simply as shells of molded sheet metal or fiberglass. He always wanted you to see the engine, too, because the Only American Art Form is not an object. It's a kineticism. Its materials are speed, momentum, excitement, and freedom, which is to say, the American Zeitgeist, except that we don't say Zeitgeist. We say, the spirit of the American age.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 202891520
UPC 826663103304
UPC 14 00826663103304
Format DVD
Release Date 6/19/2012
Cast & Crew
Ann-Margret - Voice Of
Arthur E. Cooper - Cinematographer
Brian Wilson - Voice Of
Dick Smothers - Voice Of
Jay Leno - Voice Of
John Goodman - Voice Of
Matt Groening - Voice Of
Ron Mann - Director
Ron Mann - Producer
Solomon Vesta - Writer
Steve Austin - Voice Of
Terrance Odette - Editor
The Sadies - Original Music By
Tom Wolfe - Voice Of
Review Tales of the Rat Fink sets out to highlight the life of a rebel entrepreneur that a lot of people either forgot or never knew about and it does just that. Mann merely glances at Roth's personal life but honestly, I didn't care about that -- Roth's public life and artistic aspirations were new and plenty substantive for me. It's all enough to make you long for that golden age of customized cars and wonder if Roth was one of the last truly original industrialists in recent memory.
Reviewer Laura Kyle
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Jeff Pevere, Toronto Star This movie burns rubber!
Jennie Punter, The Globe and Mail Pure fun, fun, fun.

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