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Hail, Hail Rock & Roll: This Is Spinal Tap
Thursday, May 29, 2014
6:00 PM-8:15 PM
Cost: Free and Open to All
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Auditorium (3rd Floor)
Join us for a seven session documentary film series on Thursday evenings this spring. Focusing on American Rock and Roll, the series will look at the development of the genre from the 1950s through the late 1970s – with a grand finale screening of the classic spoof Spinal Tap!
Film Series Moderator: Dave Lussier, a Providence composer/arranger of over 350 songs. Dave has been a student of the “School of Rock” for over 35 years and brings his expertise to the PPL Film Series of classic Rock Docs.
This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starringRob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap. Directed by Reiner, the movie satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time. Reiner and the three main actors are credited as the writers of the movie because much of the dialogue was ad libbed by them.
The three main members of Spinal Tap are played by actors McKean, Shearer, and Guest, respectively. The three actors play their musical instruments and speak with mock English accents throughout the movie. Reiner appears as Marty Di Bergi, the maker of the documentary. Actors Paul Shaffer, Fred Willard, Fran Drescher, Howard Hesseman, Ed Begley, Jr., Anjelica Huston, Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal all play supporting roles or make cameo appearances in the movie.
In 2002, This Is Spinal Tap was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry.
Running Time: 82 minutes
Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours.Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.