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An [[MissingEpisode unfinished movie]] by Music/FrankZappa. Starring the musician's own Mothers of Invention as caricature versions of themselves, it was supposed to tell a story of how a tour could drive a band insane, but a series of problems including reduced budget and one of the band members leaving during the process, made only one third of the script being filmed. The 1971 release features a new plot created by Zappa in the editing room in order to make something more or less coherent with what he could film. The resulting piece consists in a series of surreal sketches involving groupies, drugs and odd fetishes, all alternating and/or coexisting with music numbers ranging from orchestral pieces and rock 'n' roll cliche parodies.

It also stars RingoStarr as Larry the Dwarf/Frank Zappa, [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]] as a nun groupie, Theodore Bikel as Rance Muhammitz and former Mothers

Many dialogues were based on records of actual conversations by the members of the band, were they talked things like leaving Zappa for being too old to rock 'n' roll. Bassist Jeff Simmons apparently didn't like at all of being spied, so he left the band. With jeff being sort of a protagonist in the main plot, a last-minute substitute came in the form of Ringo Starr's chauffeur Martin Lickert.

While one can only wonder what a really awesome movie would come out [[{{WhatCouldHaveBeen}} if it was actually finished]], it's still a very entertaining film and a true CultClassic, far more fun to watch than ''Uncle Meat'', Zappa's other aborted film project (also released with what he could do).

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!!! "200 Tropes":
* AllMenArePerverts: The Mothers.
* AllWomenAreLustful: The groupies.
* BadBoss: The way the band sees Zappa. Zappa was aware that many felt he was a difficult task master, because he left cassette recordings around to tape people's conversations, something that is also spoofed in this movie. The fact that it's included in the film might only confirm it.
* BadGirlSong: The suite made of ''She Painted Up Her Face'', ''Janet's Big Dance Number'', ''Half a Dozen Provocative Squats'', ''Mysterioso'', ''Shove it Right In'' and ''Lucy's Seduction of a Bored Violinist''
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Larry the Dwarf (dressed like Zappa) is hiding in the corner of various scenes, often with a tape recorder.
** Rance appears in the middle of two musical sequences, laughing of the trouble in one of them.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The film is aware it's cheap looking and mostly filmed on a set.
** During ''"Strictly Genteel"'' Theodore Bikel even announces: ''"This, as you might have guessed is the end of the movie. The entire cast is assembled here to bid farewell to you and express thanks for your attendance at this theatre."'' Then he decides to sing a ''"kind of sentimental song that you get at the end of a movie, it's the kind of a song that people might sing to let you and the audience know that we really like and care about you."'' Near the end of the song the band members sing: ''"They're gonna clear out the studio"'' and summarize all the things they're going to do to clean up the set.
* TheCameo: Famous groupie Pamela Des Barres as a rock 'n' roll journalist.
** WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck in the "Dental Hygiene Dilemma" segment.
* CityInABottle: Not directly stated in the final movie, but maybe something was cut telling that [[spoiler:Centerville is a fake city inside the retraining facility. Reinforced by the fact that the characters refers to places like ''fake nightclub'' and ''fake stage'', although it can be simply a chessy LeaningOnTheFourthWall]]
* CoolPet: Motorhead Sherwood's newts.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Despite his giant face luring on the film poster and DVD cover Zappa is hardly seen in this movie. His total screen time takes up less than a minute and he doesn't even have a line.
* CreatorCameo: Sort of. Zappa don't star in the movie itself, only appears as a musician in band-only music segments.
* CrossDresser:
** Motorhead Sherwood and Mark Volman
** Keith Moon as a nun.
* CrowdSong: "Penis Dimension", sung by the whole cast with torches, and "Strictly Genteel", sung by the entire cast without torches.
* DealWithTheDevil: Rance Muhammitz/The Devil gives away hamburgers and beers, asking in exchange for a [[BloodOath signature in blood]].
* DeepSouth: Lonesome Cowboy Hurt definitely hails from there.
* DerangedAnimation: "Dental Hygiene Dilemma".
* DonaldDuck: Has a cameo appearance during "Dental Hygiene Dilemma".
* DreamLand: The narration states that it's a fantasy happened on the road. The movie can also be interpreted as a dream inside the retraining facility for musicians that Larry the Dwarf shows in his monologue.
* ForeignQueasine: Theodore Bikel's line: "Lord, have mercy on the people of England and the terrible food these people must eat."
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Jeff's bad and good consciences fighting over him stealing the towels of the hotel room and quitting the band.
* GreekChorus: Whatever else he is, Rance Muhammitz functions as this. To some extent this is also true of Larry the Dwarf ([[Music/TheBeatles Ringo Starr]] in Zappa disguise.)
* HulkingOut: Don Preston drinks a potion that changes him into a monster.
** Jeff Simmons also changes different shapes and acquires a duck face in "Dental Hygiene Dilemma".
* IHaveManyNames: Rance Muhammitz also goes by "Devil" and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "Opal, You Hot Little Bitch"]].
* LyricalDissonance: "Magic Fingers", which starts as a very basic sexual rock 'n' roll song with lyrics like ''Ooh the way you looks me sugar, makes me so hot that I could die'', and near the end turns into [[spoiler:a disturbing atmosphere with a listing of proposed sexual activies including a golden shower]]
* LovableSexManiac: Aynsley Dunbar.
* '''MindScrew''': From the first until the last minute.
* MissFanService: Miss Lucy is seen bare breasted in some scenes.
* NightmareFace: Near the end of Schenkel's animation sequence a both funny and creepy photo of Zappa can be seen with vicious teeth cluttering and clattering up and down.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: DonaldDuck has a cameo in "Dental Hygiene Dilemma", obviously not with permission of the Walt Disney Company.
* NoFourthWall: All the characters (Rance and Larry the Dwarf, in particular), are aware that it's all a film.
* NonindicativeName: Not a road movie of a band visiting 200 motels. At least, it's not the case in this unfinished piece, and Zappa never claimed intended to do something like this.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Jimmy Carl Black keeps asking when he'll get paid? This is also a CallBack to lines heard during "Flower Punk" on ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney''.
* TheReptilians: The dancing newts during "The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts".
* ShoutOut: Jeff dreams of quitting the band and forming a heavy band, one of the examples his bad conscience uses to how heavy the band should be is Music/GrandFunkRailroad, which Zappa produced an album. Music/BlackSabbath, whom Zappa was a fan of, is also mentioned.
** The monolith of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' can be seen.
** WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck has a cameo during ''"Dental Hygiene Dilemma"''.
* ShowWithinAShow: Two game shows, one in the beginning, hosted by Rance Muhammitz with the guest Larry the Dwarf and one later on hosted by Flo and Eddie featuring the groupies talking about names of penises.
** Cal Schenkel's animation sequence is also presented this way, being announced as a "dental hygiene documentary short" and having the film reels bounce up and down during the title sequence to make it seem as if a different film reel is put into the projector.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Despite centering around Zappa, being directed and composed by him and having him heavily promoted in the trailers Frank Zappa himself is hardly in this film. He is occasionally seen playing along with the group, but his total screen time takes up less than a minute. And he doesn't even have a line.
* SurrealHumor: Although Zappa's surreal humor came mostly from bizarre injokes that probably could only be enjoyed at his fullest by him and his bandmates, it's still pretty funny in moments like Flo and Eddie tour around the boring little town of Centerville.
* TitleDrop: ''TWOO-HUNDRED MOTEEEELS'' during the animation sequence.
* WholesomeCrossDresser: Keith Moon is dressed as a Nun. Later scenes also show Mothers' band members dressed up as women in a bar.
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