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A refreshing palate-cleanser to the generally serious, issue-oriented documentary, there is little doubt that the gold standard of mockumentaries is Christopher Guest's This Is Spinal Tap! (1984), a ground-breaking masterpiece of fakery that paved the way for a bevvy of brilliant but bogus films. Aside from Mr. Guest's continuing development of the genre (Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, and A Mighty Wind), a number of other names have made the surreal more real. Even cinematic demi-god, Orson Welles, got in on the act as with F is for Fake. Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat begs the question whether we are laughing at Borat or at ourselves? And don't forget the even outré-er sequel, Bruno. Others have taken up the more serious side of faux-filmmaking, some with resounding success (The Blair Witch Project, District 9) but predominantly these films tend toward humor. Forget Harlan County, USA, bring on Best In Show!


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Best in Show

$5.95 | 90 minutes

Christopher Guest brings his unique brand of lunacy to the screen with another mockumentary in the tradition of WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. This one, BEST IN SHOW, is about purebred dog owners feverishly competing for their pets to be named Best in Show at the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Using many of the same actors who starred in WAITING…

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Bruno

$11.95 | 82 minutes

After BORAT took over America in 2006, another Sacha Baron Cohen creation arrives on the big screen. In BRUNO, the gay Austrian model of the title brings his antics to the States…

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Fear of a Black Hat

$21.95 | 0 minutes

A hip-hop satire in the mock-documentary style of "This Is Spinal Tap". Filmmaker Nina Blackburn takes her camera and follows popular rap group, NWZ (Niggaz with Hats). The band's 3 members explain their philosophy and reminisce about their many experiences -- which include run-ins with right-wing zealots, battles with rival rappers and…

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Zelig

$11.95 | 79 minutes

Perhaps the most unique film of his career, Woody Allen's ZELIG not only stands as a technical triumph for a director not often associated with the technological aspect of filmmaking, but also utilizes a documentary aesthetic that Allen has not often used before or since. One of the first major mockumentaries produced (it was released…

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District 9

$11.95 | 112 minutes

Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens…

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This Is Spinal Tap

$11.95 | 83 minutes

A brilliant and hilarious documentary-style satire of a has-been British heavy metal band who never really was on an absurd American comeback tour that never quite gets off the ground, THIS IS SPINAL TAP practically birthed the mockumentary style. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer are David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel&hellip…

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