Picks and Pans Review: Baby Snakes

updated 02/04/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/04/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

Anyone who manages to sit through this perfectly awful film must be either a herpetologist in search of documentary material or asleep. Frank Zappa is one of the more inventive rock artists and musical satirists going, but he seems to know nothing about making movies. There is the usual concert footage with seemingly endless close-ups of Zappa and his band sweating mightily, as well as predictable interviews with stupidly adoring fans. There is also some nonsense with clay figures that have strange symbolic meaning but only for Zappa. In any case, there's no problem assigning blame. Zappa directed, produced, edited and wrote the music. A few years ago he made an experimental movie called 200 Motels that was at least puzzling. This one, Zappa says, "is longer and better." There aren't actually any snakes in this film but if there were, we all know what sound they'd be making. (R)

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