WAITING FOR GUFFMAN
1996, Warner Bros., 84 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Guest

Off-Broadway director Christopher Guest goes to Blaine, Missouri, to put on a musical of the town’s history as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. The town’s most noteworthy moments include settlers taking root when their leader “smelled the salt air,” providing a stool for President William McKinley and a nearby flying saucer landing. The local characters who help stage the amateur musical include dentist Eugene Levy, travel agents Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara and Dairy Queen waitress Parker Posey.


A MIGHTY WIND
2003, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Guest

This uniquely touching mockumentary reunites the team from BEST IN SHOW and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN to tell the story of three folk groups from the '60s who, inspired by the death of their former manager, reunite for a memorial concert in New York City’s Town Hall. Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are Mitch and Mickey, once the sweethearts of folk music until their bitter separation; Spinal Tap alumni Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are classic folk trio The Folksmen; and Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins and Jane Lynch anchor a color-coordinated, harmonizing “neuftet” - The New Main Street Singers.


THIS IS SPINAL TAP
1984, Rialto Pictures, 82 min, USA, Dir: Rob Reiner

Director Rob Reiner’s funniest film, this side-splitting rock mockumentary chronicles the less-than-triumphant return to America of legendary British heavy-metal group Spinal Tap. As the band members who don’t spontaneously combust or die in gardening accidents, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean deliver spot-on performances; the many terrific cameos include Patrick Macnee as Sir Denis Eton-Hogg and Rob Reiner himself as documentary filmmaker Marty DiBergi.


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