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Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (2015)

Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (2015)

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Theory of Obscurity​: a film about The Residents ​tells the story of the renegade sound and video collective known as The Residents. A story that spans 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members. They always perform wearing masks and costumes, which is part of their magic. (C) Official Site

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Stuffed with examples of the nose-thumbing spirit that has sustained their popularity despite the bandmates' refusal to reveal their individual identities, the film is a fine primer for the curious.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

We hear statements of admiration for the band from such longtime fans as Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening. But there is precious little context or critical thinking to make one truly care.

March 17, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film is a must-see for those who want to be introduced to the band, even if part way through you may find that you've hit your limit.

March 3, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There's plenty of eye and ear-catching stimulation in this survey of the Residents' 40-year career.

March 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Theory of Obscurity revels in the paradox of this most notorious band of unknowns while poking at the embers of the myth.

August 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Theory of Obscurity is loaded with clips from The Residents' deranged promo films and shows, and makes a case for them as innovators of the music video format.

June 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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