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The Making of ..."And God Spoke"


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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.

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