A Mighty Wind | Spellbound

A Mighty Wind | Spellbound

Christopher Guest has carved a niche for himself as our master of the mockumentary, wreaking comic havoc by taking a serious form and filling it up with silliness. Guest began his career as pseudo-documentarian with his screenplay for Rob Reiner’s This Is Spinal Tap, a behind-the-scenes look at a hapless rock band on tour. From there he proceeded, as director, to lovingly skewer small-town theater troupers in Waiting for Guffman and dog...

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Rand Richards Cooper, one of Commonweal's film critics, is the author of two works of fiction, The Last To Go and Big as Life.