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REAL LIFE
1979, Paramount, 99 min, USA, Dir: Albert Brooks

Filmmaker Albert Brooks, playing a hilariously self-critical version of himself, follows a typical American family around with cameras in an effort to create cinema verite. The only problem is that when the family doesn't act according to his vision, Brooks begins interfering with them so that he can shape a more compelling "reality." Charles Grodin is brilliant as the father in Brooks' feature debut, a comedy at least 30 years ahead of its time in its prediction of the pleasures and pitfalls of reality TV.


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