The Making of ..."And God Spoke" | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

The Making of ..."And God Spoke"

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

That The Making of ..."And God Spoke" can't match the sting of its soul mate in satire, This Is Spinal Tap, is more a comment on the movies' respective targets than on the skills of their creators. The core of Spinal Tap's devastating look at the indignities suffered by a heavy metal band is the clueless romanticism of its subjects. The Making of ..., by contrast, tells the story of a pair of hapless B-movie hacks who get their big break--studio funding for a biblical epic--and proceed to screw it up royally. Because the film's principals are acknowledged hustlers despite their wide-eyed mien, their debauching is less the stuff of tragedy and more the stuff of a turkey shoot; the filmmakers get a lot of mileage out of what eventually becomes a Job-sized plate of suffering. But like Spinal Tap, the film betrays an almost touching love for the medium it portrays if not the people: The Making of... doesn't have a political agenda, like Hollywood Shuffle; it isn't a moral critique, like The Player; it's more about how actors will drive you crazy, how the caterer is always weird, and how arks invariably won't fit onto the soundstage. Director Arthur Borman and producers Mark Borman and Richard Raddon will answer questions after the screening. Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Friday, April 8, 6:00, 443-3737.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment