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Posted By: Peg
04-Apr-03 - 10:18 AM
Thread Name: Review: A Mighty Wind
Subject: A Mighty Wind
I saw this at a press screeningon Wednesday and it is absolutely hilarious. A must-see!

This "mockumentary" directed by Christopher Guest and co-written by Guest and Eugene Levy follows the organization of a reunion concert held in honor of a music producer whose protegees almost made it big: The Folksmen (Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean); the "New" Main Street Singers, a "neuftet" of perky, moralistic, color-coordinated singers who all play guitar or bango or autoharp and create a sound with nine members which would be easily produced by three people; and Mitch and Mickey, a folk duo whose real-life love affair was far more notorious than their music; when the film opens, Mitch has suffered a mental breakdown and must be cajoled to join the festivities.

Bob Balaban is the son of Irving Steinbloom, who decides to organize the concert at New York City's Town Hall. Ed Begley, Jr. plays a music inductry executive who hails from Sweeden but peppers his speech with quaint Yiddish expressions. The acting is first rate and I laughed more than I have in years. Also, somehow this film garners it strength not just from the parody, satire and belly laughs, but also from the often poignant and touching threads of realism that seep through: perhaps because folk music really is about everyone...

Do go see it! It opens April 16th.