WaitingForGuffman.jpgThe Museum of Modern Art is launching a retrospctive look into the work of Christopher Guest, mastermind of fake-comic-documentaries Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind, and Best in Show. Those three films will screen, along with This is Spinal Tap (directed by Rob Reiner and starring Guest), The Big Picture (Guest's first directorial effort), and selected television efforts. Saturday night, Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will perform a concert as their characters from either Tap or Wind, or possibly both; that event will be followed by a discussion with those three actors, as well as Guest-film favorites Bob Balaban and Parker Posey. There's a good round-up of the retrospective by Caryn James in today's New York Times; James wisely points out that whilst Guest's work has its roots in the "intelligent silliness of Monty Python", he invented the comic-improvised style that currently fuels everything from Curb Your Enthusiasm to Fat Actress.
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