Plus special film Nov. 22

Mockumentary Flicks in November

Oct 26, 2013
Christopher Guest makes an appearance in his "Best of Show."

Belfast — Actor/writer/director (and British Lord!) Christopher Guest has made an art form out of so-called mockumentaries, comedy films that parody documentaries. In November, Friday Night Flicks, the Belfast Free Library's free movie series, will present three of his funniest films.

In addition, on Nov. 22 , there will be a special film presentation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. All the films will begin at 7 p.m. and all are presented free of charge in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

The Guest series will open Nov. 1 with “Best In Show,” a hilarious look at the world of dog shows that has appeared on many critics’ lists of the funniest movies of all time. Guest uses the same company of actors in most of his films including Jane Lynch, Eugene Levy, Ed Begley Jr and Michael McKean, among others. Fred Willard's portrayal of the clueless television announcer is a real standout here although the entire cast, and the pooches, all shine.

In “Waiting For Guffman,” a small-town community theater group is preparing a pageant to honor their town's founding when they learn that a Broadway producer may be coming to see their production. Naturally, things get out of hand as they begin to dream of show business success. “Waiting For Guffman” will be shown on Nov. 8.

On Nov. 15, the musical parodies are spot on in “A Mighty Wind,” an affectionate satire of the 1960s folk music scene presented through the device of a reunion concert. Guest's usual cast in back again, and all deliver excellent performances.

On Nov. 22, the anniversary of President Kennedy's death will be observed through a presentation of “Thirteen Days,” a gripping drama that takes viewers inside the Kennedy White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kevin Costner stars as presidential aide Kenneth O'Donnell, through whom we witness the crisis, and Bruce Greenwood portrays President Kennedy.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

 

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