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This Is Spinal Tap – A Rockumentary by Martin Dibergi

For music biz insiders, This Is Spinal Tap is a vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands. Director Rob Reiner has cast himself as Marty DiBergi, a filmmaker intent upon covering the long-awaited American return of the eponymous, 17-year-old British rock band. Pic then takes the form of a cinema-verité documentary, as Reiner includes interviews with the fictional musicians, records their increasingly disastrous tour and captures the internal strife which leads to the separation of the group's two founders.

Cast:
Rob Reiner Michael McKean Christopher Guest Harry Shearer R.J. Parnell David Kaff

For music biz insiders, This Is Spinal Tap is a vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands. Director Rob Reiner has cast himself as Marty DiBergi, a filmmaker intent upon covering the long-awaited American return of the eponymous, 17-year-old British rock band. Pic then takes the form of a cinema-verité documentary, as Reiner includes interviews with the fictional musicians, records their increasingly disastrous tour and captures the internal strife which leads to the separation of the group’s two founders.

Reiner and cowriters have had loads of fun with the material, creating mock 1960s TV videotapes of early gigs and filling the fringes with hilariously authentic music-biz types, most notably Fran Drescher’s label rep and Paul Shaffer’s cameo as a Chicago promo man.

This Is Spinal Tap - A Rockumentary by Martin Dibergi

Production: Spinal Tap. Director Rob Reiner; Producer Karen Murphy; Screenplay Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner; Camera Peter Smokler; Editor Kent Beyda, Kim Seerisf; Art Director Dryan Jones

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 82 MIN.

With: Rob Reiner Michael McKean Christopher Guest Harry Shearer R.J. Parnell David Kaff

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