TFF Cinematheque: “This Is Spinal Tap,” 12/5

Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque is collaboration between Film Fest and the Wilkinson Public Library. FREE program on Monday, December 5, 6 p.m. at the library is THIS IS SPINAL TAP, 82 minutes.


In a 2001 re-review of the 1984 rock classic, critic Roger Ebert hailed THIS IS SPINAL TAP as “one of the funniest movies ever made”

The film was Rob Reiner’s directorial debut, and he went on to make cinematic greats such as THE SURE THING, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, MISERY, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, and a host of others.

Written, scored and featuring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer speaking in fake British accents throughout, SPINAL TAP follows the heavy metal band Spinal Tap on their 1982 U.S. promotional tour for their new album Smell the Glove.

The program is part of the Telluride Film Festival and Wilkinson Public Library’s Music and Film Cinematheque series. Monday’s SHOW is hosted by local cinephile, teacher and Telluride Film Festival Ringmaster, Seth Berg. Snacks will be served.

In a 2016 article, Rolling Stone called SPINAL TAP the number one greatest movie band:

“Spinal Tap didn’t invent the concept of the parody band — but for many, they’re the still standard to which all others are held. While comedy-inclined audiences loved the band for their bitingly funny song titles and lyrics — ‘My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo / I love to sink her with my pink torpedo’ — dozens of famous musicians have been frank about just how accurately the movie depicts the life of a career musician… But look beyond its humor… the fact remains that the band’s actually good. Really good.”

How good?

Check out the trailer:

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