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A documentary, a mockumentary, indeed a rockumentary, Rob Reiner's phony road movie following the exploits of a fictitious heavy metal band has long been celebrated as a comedy landmark, but this is the first attempt to provide a sustained critical appraisal of its success. Addressing general cinephiles and devoted Tapheads alike, this study considers the film within its contexts of cult cinema, real and mock documentary, Hollywood comedies and musicals and the history of rock music. This detailed stylistic and comic analysis of the film offers new insights into the ardent Cult of Tap.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781905674497
ISBN-10: 190567449X
Format: Paperback
(175mm x 113mm x 11mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Wallflower Press
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Ethan De Seife

Ethan de Seife received his PhD in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently at work on a book about Frank Tashlin. He also plays stand-up bass in the Kansas City-based combo Four Jacks and a Jill.

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