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.


BEST IN SHOW
2000, Warner Bros., 90 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Guest

The same folks who brought you THIS IS SPINAL TAP and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, are responsible for this side-splitting spoof on the insanity both in front of and behind the scenes of big-time dog shows. Christopher Guest not only directed and starred in but cowrote the howlingly funny script with costar Eugene Levy. The incredible ensemble cast includes Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard and Michael McKean, to name but a few.


OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR
1969, Paramount, 136 min, UK, Dir: Richard Attenborough

In this dazzling directorial debut from Richard Attenborough, a working class family is confronted with the unfathomable realities of World War I, after three brothers witness trench warfare first hand. This is no ordinary war film, however, as Attenborough injects humor, dazzling camera effects, and music into this otherwise stark reality. Thus by fusing the surreal with the factual, and juxtaposing savagely funny satire with quiet sorrow, Attenborough creates a powerful anti-war statement like no other. Based on the stage musical by the same name, OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR features a stellar cast that includes Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, John Gielgud, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Dirk Bogarde and Susannah York.


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