The key to making a memorable mockumentary is truth, and no one knows that better than the creative minds behind This Is Spinal Tap, the 1984 rockumentary that had everyone saying the volume "goes to 11" and that tonight they are gonna rock you. But the "spomage," or spoof/homage, as star Christopher Guest calls the film, wasn't enthusiastically received.
The film had many confused, including real-life rockstars, who felt it hit way too close to home. Others thought Spinal Tap was a horrible group and didn't realize they were a fake band. Making This Is Spinal Tap started nearly a decade before it was filmed, inspired by snippets of real life; banter between Guest and co-star Michael McKean; and the entire crew's love of rock.
Real-Life Rock Stars Like Sting Aren't Sure Whether To 'Laugh Or Cry' At The Film
The First Cut Of The Film Was Seven Hours Long, And It Took Nine Months To Edit
There Was Never A Script, Just An Outline With A Loose Arc
The Film’s Docu-Style Was Inspired By Rock Docs Like Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ And The Band’s ‘The Last Waltz’
Guest And McKean Weren’t Parodying Specific Musicians, But Pulled Bits Of Inspiration From Little Interactions
Reiner’s ‘Marty DiBergi’ Character Is An Amalgam Of Marty Scorsese, Vittorio De Sica, Ingmar Bergman, And Federico Fellini