Fake and Mock Documentaries:
Documentary Parodies, Hoaxes, and Appropriations
(also includes shockumentaries and exploitation ethnography)












Mockumentaries & Fake Documentaries
Shockumentaries, Mondo Films, and Exploitation Ethnography

Reality TV

Clark, Randall. "This Is Not: Falseness in Documentary Cinema." In: Trompe(-)l'oeil : imitation & falsification / Edited by Philippe Romanski & Aïssatou Sy-Wonyu. Mont-Saint-Aignan : Publications de l'Université de Rouen, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.D46 T76 2002)
Docufictions : essays on the intersection of documentary and fictional filmmaking / edited by Gary D. Rhodes and John Parris Springer. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.D63 2006; Moffitt PN1995.9.D62.D63 2006
Doherty, T. "The Sincerest Form of Flattery: A Brief History of the Mockumentary" Cineaste 28.4 (Fall 2003): 22(4).UC users only
F is for phony : fake documentary and truth's undoing / Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors. University of Minnesota Press, c2006. (Full text online; print: Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006; Table of contents)
Fontenot, Robert, Jr. "The history of the mockumentary." Audience; Oct/Nov 1997, Issue 197, p20-23, 4p
Hight, Craig. "Mockumentary: A Call to Play." In: Rethinking documentary : new perspectives, new practices / edited by Thomas Austin and Wilma de Jong Maidenhead, Berkshire, England ; New York : Open University Press/McGraw Hill Education, 2008. (Full text online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks P96.D62 R48 2008)
Miller, Cynthia J. "Mockumentary Filmography." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 28:3 (Summer 2009) p. 134-143 UC users only
Mock-Documentary: The Subversion of Reality [web site]
Rhodes, Gary D. "Mockumentaries and the Production of Realist Horror." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 46-60, Summer 2002. UC users only
Roscoe, Jane. Faking it : mock-documentary and the subversion of factuality. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2001. (MAIN: PN1995.9.D62 R67 2001; MOFF: PN1995.9.D62 R67 2001)
Roscoe, Jane; Hight, Craig. "Building a Mock-Documentary Schema." In: New challenges for documentary. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Palgrave, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and PFA PN1995.9.D6 N377 2005)

Mockumentaries & Fake Documentaries

And God Spoke: The Making of -- a Documentary (1993)
Directed by Arthur Borman. Featuring Michael Riley, Stephen Rappaport, Soupy Sales, Lou Ferrigno, Eve Plumb, Michael Medved, Andy Dick. A "mockumentary" about the making of a big budget Bible picture. Producer Steve Rappaport and director Michael Riley have been given carte blanche to make a multimillion-dollar epic based on the Old Testament. One day into production, they blow their budget and are forced to cut corners with a scythe and to scout around for cheap locations in the L.A. area, making do with whatever stars they can afford. 82 min. DVD 3181
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Best in Show (2000)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Featuring Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard. A comic look at dog show participants and their pooches. Join the fun as Mayflower Kennel Club competitors -- a fly-fishing shop owner from North Carolina, squabbling yuppies, a dim-bulb trophy wife and her ace handler, and others -- vie for the top prize. 90 min. DVD 3174
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Jones, Kent. "All in the Family: The Democratic Humor of Christopher Guest." Film Comment v. 42 no. 6 (November/December 2006) p. 46-8, 50 UC users only
Muir, John Kenneth. Best in show : the films of Christopher Guest and company. New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed in North America by Hal Leonard, c2004. ( MAIN: PN1998.3.G853 M85 2004; Table of contents)
Richards, Andy. "Best in Show." Sight & Sound v. ns11 no. 3 (March 2001) p. 39-40UC users only

The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. Featuring Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, Joshua Leonard. Three student filmmakers set out into the forest to film a documentary on a legend known as The Blair Witch. As they become lost in the woods, an unseen evil begins to stalk and harass them. They soon realize that what they are filming is not a legend, but their own descent into a horrifying encounter with the supernatural. 87 min. DVD 172; VHS 999:2382
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Bob Roberts (1992)
Directed by Tim Robbins. Cast: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Susan Sarandon, Fred Ward. A satirical comedy in which a radical folksinger turned senatorial candidate blends singing, music videos and scandal on the campaign trail. Special DVD features: Commentary with Tim Robbins ; commentary with Tim Robbins and Gore Vidal ; commentary with political editors, Alex Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair ; deleted scenes ; theatrical trailer ; TV spots ; photo gallery ; cast and crew information ; production notes. 102 min. DVD X1040; vhs 999:1189
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Troy, Gil. "Bob Roberts." American Historical Review, 1993, Vol. 98 Issue 4, p1186-1188, 3p UC users only

Bontoc Eulogy
A personal and poignant docu-drama that examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World's fair. The film focuses on the filmmaker's grandfather, an Igorot warrior, one of the 1,100 tribal natives displayed as anthropological 'specimens' in the Philippine village exhibit. A unique fusion of rare archival images, verite, and carefully orchestrated visual sequences shot in the present, the film is an innovative investigation of history, memory and the spectacle of the "other" in the turn-of-the-century America. A film by Marlon Fuentes. Dist. Cinema Guild. 56 min. DVD 8781; vhs Video/C 4168 (also as a second feature on Video/C 4393).

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Blumentritt, Mia. "'Bontac Eulogy', history and the craft of memory.(Essays into American Empire in the Philippines special issue)(Interview)." Amerasia Journal (Winter 1998): 75(1).
Feng, Peter X. "The Camera as Microscope: Cinema and Ethnographic Discourse." In: Identities in motion : Asian American film and videoDurham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, c2002. (MAIN: PN1995.9.A77 F46 2002)
Fuentes, Marlon. "Extracts from an Imaginary Interview: Questions and Answers about Bontoc Eulogy." In: F is for phony : fake documentary and truth's undoing / Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2006. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006; PFA PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006)
Homiak, John P. "The Body in the Archives: A Review of Bontoc Eulogy." American Anthropologist Dec 2000, Vol. 102, No. 4: 887-891. UC users only
Knaller, Susanne. "Scattered Voices. Some Remarks on a Narrative Theory of Postcolonial Storytelling.(Critical Essay)." The Germanic Review 74.2 (Spring 1999): 99.UC users only
Manalo, Caroline. "The little brown brother I never knew: History or his story." Heritage Spring96, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p38, 2p UC users only
Rony, Fatimah Tobing. "The quick and the dead: surrealism and the found ethnographic footage films of Bontoc Eulogy and Mother Dao: the Turtlelike." Camera Obscura (May 2003): 128(29). UC users only

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Directed by Larry Charles ; screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen; produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Roach. Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson. Fictional Kazakhstani TV personality Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the "greatest country in the world." With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson than in pursuing his assignment. In this mockumentary film his ignorance, prejudice, and boorish behavior produce humorous results. Special features: Censored footages (8 deleted scenes); Propaganda ("Global propaganda tour", "Musics infomercial", "Coming Kazakhstan in 2028"). 84 min. DVD 7632
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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America(2004)
A satirically humorous mockumentary that takes a look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War. Beginning with the conquest of the northern states, the film coves the history of a nation where racial enslavement became triumphant. Interspersed throughout are various TV commercials of products of virulent racist nature as well as public service announcements promoting this tyranny. Only at the end is it revealed that there is less wholly imagined materials in the film than you might suspect. Written and directed by Kevin Willmott. 89 min. DVD 5942
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Donalson, Mel. "Coon & Mammy." The Independent Film & Video Monthly. Jul/Aug 2004. Vol. 27, Iss. 6; pg. 49, 3 pgs UC users only
Gallagher, Catherine. "When Did the Confederate States of America Free the Slaves?" Representations. Berkeley: Spring 2007. , Iss. 98; pg. 53, 10 pgs UC users only
Harris, Trudie. "Twenty-First-Century Slavery Or, How to Extend the Confederacy for Two Centuries Beyond Its Planned Demise." Southern Cultures; Fall2006, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p89-94, 6p
Lawrenson, Edward. "C.S.A. The Confederate States of America.(Movie review)." Sight and Sound 16.9 (Sept 2006): p50(2). UC users only

Dark Side of the Moon
The progress of film and television technology has made it possible to manipulate images without it being obvious. This documentary begins with the revelation that director Stanley Kubrick contributed to the success of the US space program with his film "2001: A space odyssey." With the support of NASA, Kubrick invented an astonishing scenario for the images of the moon landing, validating it with "hijacked" archival footage, false documents, and authenic interviews out of context. As the documentary progresses it forces the viewer to realize how difficult it is to separate truth from manipulation in the media. Director, William Karel. 2002. 52 min. DVD 8684; vhs Video/C MM393

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Taylor, Henry M. "More Than A Hoax: William Karel's Critical Mockumentary Dark Side Of The Moon." Post Script, Summer2007, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p88-101, 14p UC users only

David Holzman's Diary (1967)
A film by Jim McBride. Cast: L.M. Kit Carson, Penny Wohl, Lorenzo Mans, Louise Levine, Fern McBride, Michael Levine, Bob Lesser, Jack Baran. "An early black and white example of mock-documentary, this features a young filmmaker who attempts to discover the "truth" about his life by recording it on film, drawing on Jean-Luc Godard's observation that "Film is truth 24 times a second." [from Faking It] 74 min. DVD X1226; vhs 999:1439
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Carson, L. M. Kit. David Holzman's diary; a screenplay by L. M. Kit Carson, from a film by Jim McBride. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux [1970] (Pacific Film Archive PN1997.D3842 C3 1970)

Atkinson, Michael. " David Holzman's Diary" Cineaste, Winter 2011, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p64-66, 3p UCB users only
Clark, Randall. "This Is Not: Falseness in Documentary Cinema." In: Trompe(-)l'oeil : imitation & falsification / Edited by Philippe Romanski & Aïssatou Sy-Wonyu. Mont-Saint-Aignan : Publications de l'Université de Rouen, 2002. pp: 344-346. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.D46 T76 2002)
Gernalzick, Nadja. "To Act Or To Perform: Distinguishing Filmic Autobiography." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 1-13, Winter 2006 UCB users only
Hogue, P. "David Holzman's diary." Film Comment v. 29 (November/December 1993) p. 2-4 UCB users only
Hollister, S. "David Holzman's diary." Film Quarterly v. 23 no. 4 (Summer 1970) p. 50-2 UCB users only
Lane, Jim. "David Holzman's Diary: An Unlikely Beginning." In: The autobiographical documentary in AmericaMadison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2002. (MAIN: CT25 .L27 2002)
Latham, James. ""Your Life Is Not a Very Good Script": "David Holzman's Diary" and Documentary Expression in Late-1960s America and Beyond." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 26:3 (Summer 2007) p. 22-33 UCB users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "David Holzman's Diary/My girlfriend's wedding: historical artifacts of the past and present." In: Goodbye cinema, hello cinephilia : film culture in transition / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Pacific Film Archive PN1994 .R63 2010)
Stevens, B. "This is my life." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 5 (May 2006) p. 92UCB users only
Zuber, Sharon L.
""David Holzman's Diary": A Critique of Direct Cinema." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 28:3 (Summer 2009) p. 31-40 UCB users only

A Day Without a Mexican (USA / Mexico / Spain, 2004)
Directed by Sergio Arau. Cast: Yarelli Arizmendi, John Getz, Maureen Flannigan, Muse Watson, Fernando Arau, Eduardo Palomo. California awakens one day to discover that one third of its population has vanished. A peculiar pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries has completely shut down. As the day progresses, it becomes apparent the sole characteristic linking the missing 14 million is their Hispanic heritage. Special features: the making-of 'A day without a Mexican'; filmmaker commentary; music video "Frijoleros" by Molatov; outtakes; music video "Sin decir adios" by Los Yoguis; the original short that inspired the film; original theatrical trailers & TV spots. Based on "A day without a Mexican, a mockumentary" by Yarelli Arizmendi and Sergio Arau. 95 min. DVD 3148
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Marambio, John L.; Tew, Chad. "Clash in Paradise: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of A Day Without a Mexican." The Journal of American Culture. Dec 2006. Vol. 29, Iss. 4; p. 475 (18 pages)UC users only

Death of a President.(2006)
Directed by Gabriel Range. Cast: Parham, Seena Jon, Christian Stolte, Chavez Ravine, Patricia Buckley, Patrick Clear, Malik Bader, Tony Dale. A raging crowd of protesters are waiting for President George W. Bush's procession. As the President gives a patriotic speech inside a hotel, the demonstrators' fury increases to the breaking point. The tension mounts until the horrible instant where the President is assassinated. Following the assassination, the FBI hunts for the assassin. All the suspects are interviewed and released except one, the Syrian man who is convicted and put on death row. There is circumstantial evidence against him, but is he really guilty of the crime? Or does his being Middle Eastern provide a convenient excuse to label the death of the President as an Act of Terror? 90 min. DVD 7432
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Freedman, Carl. "Death of a President." Science Fiction Film & Television; 2009, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p327-332, 6p UC users only
Gutfeld, Greg. "Impostors." American Spectator; Dec2006/Jan2007, Vol. 39 Issue 10, p62-64, 3p UC users only
Halligan, Benjamin. "Sloths of Office: The Midlife Crisis of Hollywood's Democrats, Part 2" Film International, Nov2010, Vol. 8 Issue 5, p40-53, 14p UC users only

Dot (2002)
Directed by Brett Singer and Simeon Schnapper. Cast: Michael Mazzara, Katherine Martinez Ripley, Jamie McMillan, Matt O'Neill. A 'mockumentary' following the rise and fall of Zectek.com, a would-be internet start-up. Follows nine months in the life of the firm in this social satire through "behind-the-scenes footage" of day-to-day life and interviews with the company's founders and employees. This parody was born from the actual experience of the directors (one of whom plays the "CEO" in the film) who worked at 2 different failed startups. 83 min. DVD 8546
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Drop Dead Gorgeous (USA / Germany, 1999)
Directed by Michael Patrick Jann. Cast: Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Allison Janney, Sam McMurray, Brittany Murphy. The Sarah Rose Princess America Pageant is a beauty contest to die for. And that's exactly what the contestants in Mount Rose, Minnesota are doing. Ever since the vivacious but vicious former beauty queen, Gladys, has been pushing her charm-challenged daughter, Rebecca, to win at all costs, the competition has been dropping like flies. 98 min. DVD 3179
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EPIC 2014.(1967)
A film by Matt Thompsonand Robin Sloan. "The year is 2014. the press as we know it no longer exists. Traditional reporting has collapsed. News is churned out by the media giant Googlezon. (Google has taken over many companies and joined forces with Amazon.) The news consists of blogs, attitudes, discoveries, preferences, claims, and random thoughts, gathered and shaped by computers and a few human editors, then fed back to ordinary people who produce the continuing conversation. The New York Times is off the Internet. It still publishes, but the newspaper has become a newsletter read only by the elite and the elderly. This is the finding of a clever, eight-minute mock documentary, EPIC 2014, produced by the fictional Museum of Media History (in reality, journalists Matt Thompson of the Fresno Bee and Robin Sloan of Current, a new cable news channel in San Francisco). Thompson and Sloan recently added a short section taking the history up to 2015. The mockumentary is starting to reach a mass audience at a time of unusually high anxiety for the news industry. The news business has been hobbled by a string of scandals and credibility problems. Skirmishes between reporters and bloggers seem like the beginning of a long war between old media and new. Newspaper publishers are nervous--some would say paralyzed with fright--over polls showing that young adults are not reading papers. Their audience is dying off. A lot of young people say they get their news from a brief look at headline news or from late-night comedians. [Leo, John. "Googling the Future.(mockumentary explores the future of news media)." U.S. News & World Report 138.18 (May 16, 2005): 60]

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F is for Fake (1973)
Directed and written by Orson Welles. This film-essay, done in a pseudo-documentary style is a meditation on illusionism, the role of the artist being that of a charlatan-magician. Portraits of art forger Elmyr de Hory (using footage from Francois Reichenbach's film) and Clifford Irving (forger of Howard Hughes' autobiography) intermingle with Welle's own connection with "fakes" -- Picasso paintings and his famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast. Above all, Welles delights in the artifice of the cinema -- the power of editing to "fake," cinematic space. DVD special features: Disc 1. The film: audio commentary by Ojar Kodar and Gary Graver; introduction by Peter Bogdanovich; extended 9-min. trailer -- Disc 2. "Orson Welles: one-man band" (1995), an 88-minute documentary about Welles's unfinished projects; "Almost true: the noble art of forgery" (1997), a 52-minute documentary about art forger Elmyr de Hory; a "60 minutes" interview with Clifford Irving, from 2000, about his Howard Hughes autobiography hoax; a 1972 Hughes press conference exposing Irving's hoax; a new essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. DVD 3777; also VHS Video/C MM310

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The Falls (UK, 1987)
Directed by Peter Greenaway. "Shot as a fake documentary, it documents the lives of ninety-two victims of the Violent Unknown Event (VUE) a mysterious apocalyptic occurrence that has left a substantial section of the British public speaking bizarre invented languages (Capistan, Alow-ease, Hartileas B etc) and with a myriad of physical changes to boot. The victims chosen for the film are randomly picked from a total of 19 million VUE casualties because they all have surnames beginning with "Fall"." [British Film Institute Program Notes] 187 min. DVD 5901; also on DVD 2375 (The Early Films of Peter Greenaway); also on VHS Video/C MM501

Fear of a Black Hat (1992)
Directed by Rusty Cundieff. Cast: Rusty Cundieff, Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Kasi Lemmons. A filmmaker infiltrates rap band NWH in this satire of gangsta rappers, which focuses on the hip hop trio Tasty-Taste, Ice Cold, and Tone Def. The movie irreverently pokes fun at white rappers, the L.A. riots, as well as violence in rap. 95 min. DVD X3980

Donalson, Melvin Burke. "Off the Hook: Comedy and Romance with a Hip-Hop Flavor." In: Black directors in Hollywood Austin : University of Texas Press, 2003. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N4 D66 2003)
Fulmer, Jacqueline. "Cundieff's Revision of Masculinity in Film, or, a 'Hard' Man Is Not Necessarily Good to Find." In: Authorship and film / edited by David A. Gerstner and Janet Staiger. New York : Routledge, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1996 .A94 2003)
George, Edward. "Beneath the Hats." Sight and Sound, vol. 4, no. 11, pp. 26-27, 1994 Nov UC users only

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The Festival: Disaster Film Has a Whole New Meaning. (TV, 2005)
A hilarious and all-too-realistic spoof of the film industry, The Festival is a 6-part mockumentary series starring wide-eyed young filmmaker Rufus Marquez. As seen through the lens of fictional documentarian Cookie Armstrong, Marquez hitchhikes his way to the impossibly pretentious Mountain United Film Festival (M.U.F.F.), clutching the only copy of his first feature, "The unreasonable truth of butterflies." Recently divorced and living in his mother's basement, Marquez desperately wants his big break; instead he's pushed to the edge of a breakdown. At M.U.F.F., absurdity piles onto absurdity as the charmingly naive Marquez enters a zany world of bitter veteran filmmakers, self-important Hollywood executives, preening actor-gods, and obnoxious groupies. Directed by Phil Price. 132 min. DVD 7260
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Forbidden Quest: The Found-footage Films of Peter Delpeut. (1993)
Reconstructs early 20th century found footage to present a fictional morality tale. An aged ship's carpenter knows the fate of a Norse ship that set sail in 1905 and then vanished. He sets sail south in June, 1905 with a crew ignorant of the trip's purpose until they reach Antarctica, where the Gothic tale plays out. 71 min. DVD 4523

Forgotten Silver (New Zealand, 1996)
Written and directed by Peter Jackson & Costa Botes. A "mockumentary" which documents the fictitious "lost" life of Colin McKenzie, a New Zealand film pioneer and inventor extraordinaire. Through archive photos, rare film footage and interviews with such experts as critic Leonard Maltin, producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Sam Neill uncover the trials, triumphs, and tragedies behind the supergenius filmmaker. Special features: Audio commentary with co-director Costa Botes ; "Behind-the-bull: forgotten silver," a 21 min. documentary featuring interviews with directors Peter Jackson and Costa Botes ; deleted scenes. 55 min. 1997. DVD 3800
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Conrich, I., et. al., "Fool's gold: New Zealand's Forgotten silver, myth, and national identity." In: Docufictions : essays on the intersection of documentary and fictional filmmaking / edited by Gary D. Rhodes and John Parris Springer. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.D63 2006; Moffitt PN1995.9.D62.D63 2006)
Horton, A. "Forgotten silver." Cineaste v. 26 no. 3 (Summer 2001) p. 55UCB users only
Roscoe, Jane; Hight, Craig. "Forgotten Silver: A New Zealand Television Hoax and Its Audience." In: F is for phony : fake documentary and truth's undoing / Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2006. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006; PFA PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006)
Roscoe, Jane; Hight, Craig. "Mocking "Silver": re-inventing the documentary project (or, Grierson lies bleeding)." Continuum, 1997, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p67-82, 16p UCB users only
Sadashige, Jacqui. "Forgotten Silver." The American Historical Review Vol. 102, No. 3 (Jun., 1997), pp. 938-939 UCB users only

From the Archives of Modern Art: A Documentary Fiction (2005)
A film by Eleanor Antin. Actors, Eleanor Antin, Sheldon Nodelman, Luke Theodore Morrison, Sabato Fiorello, Steve Pearson, James Tackett. Performance artist Eleanor Antin appears as "Eleanora Antinova", the aging and exiled black ballerina of Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. Her story is recounted through fabricated black and white film clips, purported to be discovered by an archivist. 1987. 18 min. Video/C MM1100

G-sale (2005)
Written & directed by Randy Nargi.A hilarious mockumentary about garage sales and the people who are obsessed by them. Bogwood, Washington is a pleasant suburban community with a special distinction -- it has more garages per capita than any other town in the country and is also known as the "garage sale capital of the U.S.A." This film follows five avid garage sale junkies ... as they try to outmaneuver each other to score their ultimate garage sale treasure: an antique board game worth a fortune. 77 min. DVD 6116
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Ghostwatch (UK, TV, 1992)
Directed by Lesley Manning. Cast: Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith, Craig Charles, Brid Brennan. Presents the controversial 1992 Halloween special of a "live" telecast from a haunted house in North London. In fact recorded some months earlier, the broadcast caused a wave of panic similar to the USA following Orson Welles' radio broadcast of War of the Worlds in the Thirties. The viewers aired their anger and distress on Points of view, Biteback, on the radio and the press and in thousands of personal letters and phone calls to the BBC. 91 min. DVD 8486
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Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee (2005)
Directed by George Valencia and Edwin Figueroa. Cast: Tim Peper, Judy Reyes, George Valencia, Marlene Forte, Candice Coke, Bob Greenberg, Carlo Alban. When innocent Taylor James is made into NYC's top Bar Mitzvah emcee, he doesn't have a clue that he's in for the ride of his life. Filmed as a faux-documentary, James ends up deeply involved in the planning of an elaborate Bar Mitzvah. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 82 min. DVD X4027
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Hard Core Logo (1996)
Directed by Bruce McDonald. Cast: Bernie Coulson, Hugh Dillon, Bruce McDonald, John Pyper-Fergusson, Callum Keith Rennie, Julian Richings. In this mock rockumentary former band mates of the defunct punk band, Hard Core Logo, reunite for a benefit concert for their aging punk mentor. The benefit's success prompts a reunion tour. On stage the band is brilliant, but old buried tensions erupt, and the boys are faced with the fact that they cannot relive nor alter the past. Based on the book Hard core logo by Michael Turner. 92 min. DVD 3496
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Brown, Peter Robert. "'Which Way You Goin' Billy?': Masculinity, Genre, and Self-Reflexivity in Hard Core Logo." Canadian Journal of Film Studies/Revue Canadienne d'Études Cinématographiques, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 87-103, Fall 2009UC users only

The Hellstrom Chronicles (1971)
Directed by Walon Green. A fictitious scientist called Dr. Nils Hellstrom (played by Lawrence Pressman) guides viewers throughout the film. He claims, on the basis of scientific-sounding theories, that insects will ultimately win the fight for survival on planet Earth because of their adaptability and ability to reproduce rapidly, and that the human race will lose this fight largely because of excessive individualism. The film combines short clips from horror and science fiction movies with extraordinary camera sequences of butterflies, locusts, wasps, termites, ants, mayflies, other insects rarely seen before on film and insectivorous plants/insects. 90 min. DVD 3496
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Homicide: Life on the Streets: The Documentary (TV series)
Director, Barbara Kopple. 141 min. DVD 3085

In Search of Aztlan
Directed by Jesus Salvador Trevino. A "docu-comedy", this film follows the Chicano comedy trio Culture Clash on a whimsical journey in search of the mythical Aztlan, the ancient homeland of the Aztec people believed by many to be located somewhere in the southwestern United States, using a map they've discovered and riding in a 1952 lowrider Chevy. In Search of Aztlan balances dramatized comedy scenes with documentary interviews to explain the myth and history of Aztlan. 2002. 57 min. Video/C MM414

In Search of the Edge
Presents a comprehensive documentary complete with interviews with experts, stock footage, still photographs and animation, to prove that the earth is flat, while dismissing the "global earth" doctrine as little more than an elaborate hoax. An essential lesson in media literacy for a generation plugged into television, provoking criticial thinking skills and an awareness of devices used in documentary media, including a willingness to take things at face value. Directed by Scott Barrie. 1990. 26 min. DVD 3673

In Smog and Thunder: The Great War of the Californias(2003)
Directed by Sean Meredith. This devastatingly funny satirical mockumentary makes serious fun of traditional war documentaries, while taking aim at America's logo-crazed pop culture. In telling the saga of a fictitious Civil War between Los Angeles and San Francisco (Smogtown vs. Fogtown), the film lampoons the worldwide clash between Elitist New Age Bohemians and the Sitcom-Mongering Hordes of Hollywood. 98 min. DVD 6138
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Incident at Loch Ness(UK, 2004)
Directed by Werner Herzog. When renowned director Werner Herzog and fellow filmmaker Zak Penn set off to explore the legend of Scotland's Loch Ness monster, they uncover much more than they bargained for. Unexplained sightings of the creature and chaos among the crew create an uneasy feeling that things aren't what they seem. But what really happened on the infamous lake remains a mystery in this mockumentary that poses the provocative question - where does myth end and reality begin?. 2004. 94 min. DVD 3600
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Interkosmos(2006)
Written and directed by Jim Finn.. A tongue-in-cheek homage to a fictional East German space project, using recreated newsreels and training photos of Russian cosmonauts, combined with musical interludes to resurrect the '70s in all its Brezhnev-era glory. This mockumentary uncannily captures the self-glorifying hyperbole and straight-faced seriousness of the Communist bloc's attempts to make a splash in the race to space. 71 min. DVD 5945

Interview With the Assassin (2002)
Written & directed by Neil Burger. Cast: Raymond J. Barry, Dylan Haggerty, Renee Faia, Kelsey Kemper, Dennis J. Lau. In this mock documentary set almost 40 years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, an ex-Marine named Walter Ohlinger has come forward with a startling claim ... he was the second shooter on the grassy knoll on that day in November of 1963. 83 min. DVD 3834
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Land Without Bread (Las Hurdes) (1937)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. "...Focuses on the Las Hurdes region of Spain, the mountainous area around the town La Alberca, and the intense poverty of its occupants. Buñuel, who made the film after reading the ethnographic study Las Jurdes: étude de géographie humaine (1927) by Maurice Legendre, took a Surrealist approach to the notion of the anthropological expedition. The result was a travelogue in which the narrator's extreme (indeed, exaggerated) descriptions of human misery of Las Hurdes contrasts with his flat and disinterested manner. Although some film scholars describe it as a documentary, Land Without Bread is actually an early (some might say prescient) parody of the barely invented genre of documentary filmmaking, according to anthropologist Jeffrey Ruoff." [Wikipedia] 27 min. Video/C 8742; another print Video/C 999:173
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Mail Order Wife(2004)
Written & directed by Huck Botko & Andrew Gurland. Cast: Andrew Gurland, Eugenia Yuan, Adrian Martinez. A doorman from Queens looking for a wife agrees to be filmed for a mock documentary as he gets a mail order bride. His new wife is convinced he wants a maid more than anything. A dark comedy about how hard it is to find love, especially from a catalogue. 92 min. DVD 4681
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Man Bites Dog (C'est arrivé près de chez vous)(Belgium, 1992)
Director, Remy Belvaux. A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. 96 min. DVD 2814
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Beard, Steve. 'Hounded to death." Modern Review Vol I nr 7 (Feb-Mar 1993); p 33
Coleman, Lindsay. "Heart of Darkness with a Wink: The Evolution of the Killer Mockumentary, from Man Bites Dog to The Magician." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 41-46, Summer 2009 UC users only
Lafond, Jean-Daniel. "The life and crimes of Ben; or, when a serial killer meets a film crew in Man bites dog." Post Script Vol XXII nr 2 (Winter-Spring 2003); p 92-102 UC users only
Mathijs, Ernest. "Man Bites Dog and the Critical Reception of Belgian Horror (in) Cinema." In: Horror international Ddited by Steven Jay Schneider and Tony Williams. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2005. (Main Stack: PN1995.9.H6 H73 2005)
Rhodes, Gary D. "Mockdocumentaries and the production of realist horror." Post Script Vol XXI nr 3 (Summer 2002); p 46-60
Rhodes, Gary D. "Mockumentaries and the production of realist horror." Post Script Vol XXI nr 3 (Summer 2002); p 46-60 UC users only
Roscoe, Jane. "Man Bites Dog: Deconstructing the Documentary Look." In: Docufictions : essays on the intersection of documentary and fictional filmmaking / edited by Gary D. Rhodes and John Parris Springer. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 2006 (Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.D63 2006s)

Mao: The Real Man.
Using old newsreel footage, photos, documents and well known historical facts, this "documentary" film plays a game with history and the viewer in an experiment proving that even the greatest nonsense can be made believable when supported by such "evidence"...it all depends on context and presentation. "Nothing is true in the film...you were part of an experiment"--Closing credits.

"The century's greatest political mysteries explained! The strange history of Maos' Chicago gangster brother and evil doppelganger revealed! And what about those recent sitings of Elvis and the beatific 103 year old Mao in a Dubuque K-Mart? Film maker Szilveszter Siklosi's hilariously demented brand of historical revisionism interweaves "real" history, carefully edited archival footage, fake "expert witnesses,"and straightfaced academic blather to demonstrate that in an age of electronic reproduction, anything is possible and everything is dangerously close to believable." (G. Handman, American Libraries, March 1997) 1994. 54 min. Video/C 4637

A Mighty Wind (2000)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Featuring Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Don Lake, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, Catherine O'Hara. In this mockumentary, three folk groups from the 60's -- Mitch and Mickey, the Folksmen, and the New Main Street Singers -- reunite for a memorial concert in New York City following the death of a legendary folk manager. 92 min. DVD 3175
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Cooper, Rand Richards. "American voices: 'A Mighty Wind' & 'Spellbound'. (Screen)." Commonweal 130.10 (May 23, 2003): 21. UC users only
Innes, J. "A Mighty Wind." Sight & Sound v. ns14 no. 2 (February 2004) p. 54UC users only
Jones, Kent. "All in the Family: The Democratic Humor of Christopher Guest." Film Comment v. 42 no. 6 (November/December 2006) p. 46-8, 50UC users only Muir, John Kenneth. Best in show : the films of Christopher Guest and company. New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed in North America by Hal Leonard, c2004. ( MAIN: PN1998.3.G853 M85 2004; Table of contents)

My Winnipeg (2007)
Directed by Guy Maddin. My Winnipeg is a documentary (or docu-fantasia) about Guy Maddin's hometown. Equal parts mystical rumination and personal history, city chronicle and deranged fantasy, My Winnipeg blends local myth with childhood trauma. Special features: "Winnipeg" animated video, featurette, three short films by the director: Spanky, to the pier and back, Berlin and Odin's shield maiden. 80 min. DVD X4776
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Edwards, Matthew. "The Winnipeg wonder : an interview with Guy Maddin." In: Film out of bounds : essays and interviews on non-mainstream cinema worldwide / edited by Matthew Edwards. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2007. (Main; Moffitt PN1994 .F439134 2007)
Gilbey, Ryan. "My Winnipeg" Sight & Sound, July 2008, Vol. 18 Issue 7, p66-67, 2p UC users only
Horsley, Jason. "Obsessions into Light: An Interview with Guy Maddin." Cineaste, Fall 2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p47-49, 3p UC users only
Jones, Kristin M. "My Winnipeg" Film Comment, May/June 2008, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p70-70, 1p UC users only
LaTourelle, Rodney. "The Lap, the Fur." C Magazine, Spring 2009, Issue 101, p4-6, 3p UC users only

--No Lies
Directed by Mitchell W. Block. 1972. The film unfolds as a conversation between a male interviewer and a young woman who has recently been raped. The interviewer's probing questions strip away the woman's defenses, offering an intimate view of the trauma suffered by a rape victim as she confronts the police, her doctor, her friends, and her conscience.

"...No Lies is more than just a critique of the verite style. When the credits appear at the end of the film and provide the only clue that the film is a "fake" 'not a "real"' documentary, the first-time viewer may be more than a little puzzled. Eitzen writes that the film adheres so rigorously to documentary form that first-time viewers who were unaware of the film's true nature often become "visibly disturbed" at how the character of the filmmaker treats the woman. Upon being told that it is a fiction film, these same people redirect much of their anger to Mitchell Block, the man who made the film. "Viewers now feel angry at having been duped," he writes. Eitzen attributes this anger to the fact that the film lies about its true nature. It pretends to be a documentary, but is not. He states that No Lies is "a fiction film about rape, but it is a documentary about documentaries. But No Lies is unusual among mock documentaries, as it has the power to enrage its viewers by its central deception. Also, its principal goal is to dupe the audience, something not found in such extreme measures in later mock documentaries (though Man Bites Dog (1991) and Forgotten Silver (1996) come close)." [The Treachery of Images Ethan de Seife / University of Wisconsin] 16 min. DVD 9055; vhs Video/C MM264

Block, Mitchell W. "The Truth About No Lies (If You Can Believe It)." In: F is for phony : fake documentary and truth's undoing / Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2006. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006; PFA PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006)

Nothing So Strange(1979)
Directed by Brian Flemming. A mocumentary from an alternative universe -- one in which Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has been killed by a sniper. Who killed Bill Gates? Citizens for Truth makes it their mission to discover the real story behind the assassination. 2004. 78 min. DVD 3795
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Pittsburgh (1971)
Directed by Chris Bradelwy & Kyle la Brache. Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley, Jr., Illeana Douglas, Moby, Conan O'Brien, Alanis Morissette,Thomas Cavanagh. A real-life 'mockumentary' about a Hollywood star's public fame and private life. Jeff Goldblum puts his life on hold to help his young Canadian fiance secure a green card by agreeing to do a production of The Music Man. Now he's faced with grueling rehearsals, a furious agent, and the friends he's convinced to help him. 84 min. DVD 8203
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Punishment Park(1971)
Directed by Peter Watkins. Cast: Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Carmen Argenziano, Luke Johnson, Katherine Quittner, Scott Turner, Stan Armsted. Peter Watkins offers a 1970s mockumentary film in which a film crew makes a documentary in the Southern California desert where a group of hippies and war protesters face a civilian tribunal which gives them the option of long prison sentences or participation in law enforcement exercises in the Bear Mountain National Punishment Park. Now these prisoners have to fight for their lives. Special features: Specially-filmed 28 minute introduction by Peter Watkins; feature-length audio commentary by Dr. Joseph A. Gomez; "The forgotten faces" (1961), an 18 minute amateur film recreating the 1956 Hungarian revolution; 24 page booklet with chapter on 'Punishment park' from Joseph Gomez's 1979 book "Peter Watkins" plus full cast and credits; text essay by media critic Scott macDonald on audience responses to 'Punishment park'; Peter Watkins filmography; original 1971 press kit. 88 min. DVD 4874
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Radiant City(1979)
Cast: Daniel Jeffery, Bob Legare, Jane Macfarlane, Ashleigh Fidyk. In this examination of the nature of modern suburban living, a Canadian family struggles with existential despair, exacerbated by the drabness of their suburban locale. This program is primarily fictional. Some elements are based on real people and events. 85 min. DVD 8775

Real Life: An American Comedy (2006)
Directed by Albert Brooks. Featuring Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, J.A. Preston, Matthew Tobin, Albert Brooks. In this wickedly funny satire, Albert Brooks plays an arrogant and self-centered comedian who has decided to make a documentary film. This mockumentary presents a hilarious account of what happens to a typical American family in Phoenix when a group of filmmakers, psychiatrists and sociologists move in with them to record their "real life". 98 min. DVD 3183
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Ruins: A Fake Documentary
Counterfeiting is a practice with broad implications, from the merest of fake objects to entire histories shaped as facsimile. Here filmmaker Lerner collates early colonial misconceptions of the Mexican populace, a jumble of ethnographic and political distortions. From there he charts the process that recontextualizes archeological objects as art. At the center of the film is master forger Brigido Lara, whose pre-columbian objects have been exhibited in major museums throughout the U.S. and Europe. A film by Jesse Lerner. 1999. 78 min. Video/C 9205

Lerner, Jesse. "No Lies About Ruins." In: F is for phony : fake documentary and truth's undoing / Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2006. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006; PFA PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006)

The Rutles(UK / USA, 1978)
Directed by Gary Weis and Eric Idle. Cast: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Rikki Fataar, Neil Innes; special appearances by Mick Jagger, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Ron Wood, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and others. Rutland Weekend Television takes a look at the Pre-fab Four: Dirk, Barry, Stig and Nasty; better known as the Rutles. This mockumentary, a parody of Beatlemania and the many serious documentaries made about the Beatles, follows the career of the Rutles from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg's infamous Rat-Keller, to their amazing worldwide success. 73 min. DVD 3180
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The Savage Eye (1960)
Directed by Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Joseph Strick. Cast: Barbara Baxley, Gary Merrill, Herschel Bernardi. This drama takes the form of a story told using documentary materials as an intrinsic part of the narrative. In this journey through the dark side of 1950s urban life, the camera follows Judith, a recently divorced woman looking for a fresh start through the streets of Los Angeles as she encounters the strange denizens of the city, ranging from trendsetters to religious fanatics. All the tawdry and desperate faces of this world become a mirror for Judith's personal failures and struggles to start a new life. 67 min. DVD 5469
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Jackson Benjamin T. "The Savage Eye." Film Quarterly Vol. 13, No. 4 (Summer, 1960), pp. 53-57

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
Cast: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Jonathan Gordon, Bob Rosen, William Greaves. Director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York's Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they're making. A couple enacts a breakup scenario over and over as a documentary crew films the crew filming the action. Locals wander casually into the frame: the project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative sixties counterculture landmark remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies. Special features: "Discovering William Greaves": a new documentary on Greave's career, featuring Greaves, his wife and coproducer Louise Archambault, actress Ruby Dee, filmmaker St. Clair Bourne, and film scholar Scott MacDonald; theatrical trailer. 1968. 75 min. DVD 9097

MacDonald, Scott. "The country in the city: Central Park in Jonas Mekas's Walden and William Greaves's Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One." Journal of American Studies. Dec 1997. Vol. 31; p. 337 (24 pages) UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Sign of the Times: William Greaves's Symbiopsychotaxiplasms." Modern Painters, December 2005/January 2006, p44-47, 4p UC users only
San Filippo, Maria. "What a long, strange trip it's been -- William Greaves' Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One." Film History, 2001, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p216-225, 10p,UC users only
"Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One." Film Comment, Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p75-75UC users only
"William Greaves/"Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One" (1968)" Wide Angle, 1995, Vol. 17 Issue 1/4, p128-134, 7p

Knee, Adam; Musser, Charles. "William Greaves, Documentary Film-Making, and the African-American Experience William Greaves, Documentary Film-Making, and the African-American Experience." Film Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 3 (Spring, 1992), pp. 13-25 UC users only

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2
Cast: Audrey Henningham, Shannon Baker, Jonathan Gordon, Marcia Knapp, Steve Buscemi, Ndeye Ade Sokhna, Terrence McCartney-Filgate, Robert Rosen, Phil Parmet, Steven Larner, William Greaves. In New York City's Central Park in 1968, director William Greaves hired film students for a non-existent film only to film the students as a documentary. Thirty-five years later, Greaves returns to Central Park to film a sequel using the same actors playing the same roles. Uses multiple cameras, mixing cinema verite and conventional shooting styles, as well as improvisation and scripted dialog to observe and reflect upon the creative aspects of the filmmaking process, blurring lines between reality and fiction. Special features: New video interview with Steve Buscemi. 2005. 99 min. DVD 9097

San Filippo, Maria. "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One and Take 2 1/2." Cineaste, Spring2006, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p48-49, 2pUC users only

Speeding?: A Film About Driver Safety
Cast: Alec Hirschfeld, Lucile Benson, Martin Brest. Consists of dramatized interviews with police officers and with motorists who have been ticketed for speeding, in which both sides express their thoughts on speeding violations. A film by Mitchell Block. 1978. 21 min. DVD 9055

Stereo (Canada, 1969)
Directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: Jack Messinger, Iain Ewing, Clara Mayer, Paul Mulholland, Ronald Mlodzik. In this first film by Cronenberg, he borrows the structure of an educational film, masquerading as a documentary record of an experiment performed by The Canadian Academy for Erotic Inquiry. The plot centers around a series of surgical techniques that are designed to create the ability for telepathic communication. Initially successful, the researchers introduce the telepaths to various drugs, including aphrodisiacs, to increase the intensity of the bond and induce a state of "omnisexuality." When the telepaths begin to isolate themselves, however, it becomes clear that the experiment has had unforseen side effects -- that ultimately lead to violence. 63 min. DVD 4963
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Take the Money and Run (1969)
Directed by Woody Allen, featuring Allen, Janet Margolin. A mockumentary, chronicling the life of Virgil Starkwell (Allen), a bungling petty thief. His entry into a life of crime a young age, his crime spree, his first prison term and eventual escape, the birth and growth of his family, as well as his eventual capture at the hands of the FBI are some of the notable events depicted. 86 min. DVD 106
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Tanner '88 (TV, 1998)
Directed by Robert Altman; featuring Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed, Cynthia Nixon. Appearing as themselves: Bob Dole, Pat Robertson, Gary Hart, Waylon Jennings, Mary McGrory, Hodding Carter, Lowell Weicker, Bruce Babbitt, E.G. Marshall, Rebecca DeMornay, Jesse Jackson, Michael Dukakis, Linda Ellerbee, Jeff Daniels, Veronica Cartwright, Ralph Nader, Gloria Steinem, Art Buchwald, Lee Hamilton, Studs Terkel, Harry Anderson. Fact and fiction blend in this "mockumentary" of an American presidential campaign. Set among actual events in the 1988 primaries, it follows a fictitious candidate as he manoeuvers through the political minefield, and uses real events and real people for authenticity. 120 min. DVD 3182

Tanner on Tanner (TV, 2004)
Directed by Robert Altman; featuring: Cynthia Nixon, Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed, Ilana Levine, Luke MacFarlane, Matt Malloy, Aasif Mandvi, Robert Redford, Mario Cuomo, Carl Bernstein, Martin Scorsese, Al Franken, Harry Belafonte, Ron Reagan, Jr., Rev. Al Sharpton, Madeleine Albright, Steve Buscemi, Howard Dean, Janeane Garofalo, Alexandra Kerry, Chris Matthews, John Podestra. This mockudrama features 1988 Democratic candidate Jack Tanner's daughter, Alex, in her quest to make a documentary about her father's failed '88 nomination bid. Includes appearances by modern day politicians, pundits and celebrities, and shot in part during the 2004 Democratic National Convention, this piece offers a sharp and funny spin on "politics as usual." 120 min. DVD 3220

They Shoot Movies, Don't They?: The Making of Mirage (2000)
Directed by Frank Gallagher. Documentary? Mockumentary? Either way it shows the cold blooded and callused side of the business of making movies where the artistic vision gets sacrificed. Follows the making of the film "Mirage," a voyeuristic look at the first time director Tom Paulson, as he navigates through a jungle of investors, colleagues, friends and family, searching for money to finish his film. 87 min. DVD 4129
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This is Spinal Tap: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi(1984)
Directed by Rob Reiner ; written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner. Cast: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, June Chadwick, Tony Hendra, Bruno Kirby. A detailed "rockumentary" of England's legendary heavy metal band, Spinal Tap. Now, nearly two decades later, Spinal Tap still clings to some glint of their lost glory as they embark on an accident-plagued tour across America. Interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop. Special features: Audio commentary by Spinal Tap; new interview with Rob Reiner; over 1 hr. of never-before-seen footage; flower people press conference; theatrical trailers; 6 TV commercials; heavy metal memories; 4 music videos; Spinal Tap appearance on "The Joe Franklin show.". 83 min. DVD 1610
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Jones, Kent. "All in the Family: The Democratic Humor of Christopher Guest." Film Comment v. 42 no. 6 (November/December 2006) p. 46-8, 50UC users only
Middleton J. "Documentary comedy." Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, Volume 2002, Number 104, August 2002, pp. 55-66(12)
Muir, John Kenneth. Best in show : the films of Christopher Guest and company. New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed in North America by Hal Leonard, c2004. ( MAIN: PN1998.3.G853 M85 2004; Table of contents)
Plantinga, Carl. "Gender, Power, and a Cucumber: Satirizing Masculinity in This Is Spinal Tap." In: Documenting the documentary : close readings of documentary film and video / edited by Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c1998. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998)
Seife, Ethan de. This is Spinal Tap / Ethan de Seife. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 S45 2007)

Waiting for Guffman(1996)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Cast: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban. Corky St. Clair has created an ambitious musical celebrating his small town's 150th anniversary. He dreams of making it big on Broadway along with stagestruck residents who pin their hopes of being discovered on Corky's hilariously hapless theater production. 84 min. DVD X3977
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Jones, Kent. "All in the Family: The Democratic Humor of Christopher Guest." Film Comment v. 42 no. 6 (November/December 2006) p. 46-8, 50UC users only
Muir, John Kenneth. Best in show : the films of Christopher Guest and company. New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed in North America by Hal Leonard, c2004. (MAIN: PN1998.3.G853 M85 2004; Table of contents)

The WAPRA Report (1997)
Filmed in the middle of Budapest where the air is thick with industrial pollutants, this parody of alarmist documentaries exposing environmental disasters, makes an amazing observation. People are actually getting health benefits from the noxious emissions. We watch as the WAPRA (World Air Pollution Research Association) springs into action, documenting the phenomenon. Photographed and directed by Tibor Kocsis; produced by Andras Bohm, Karoly Dulo, Tibor Kocsis, Laszlo Pesty. 20 min. Video/C MM473

The War Game(UK, 1966)
Directed, written, and produced by Peter Watkins. A dramatization of the possible effects of nuclear warfare on Great Britain. Explores the physical damage effects, the psychological effects on the survivors, the societal logic for the existence of nuclear arms, and the attempts to understand how the balance of power keeps atomic weapons in check. DVD 6040; vhs Video/C 3971
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The Watermelon Woman. (1996)
Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye. Cheryl, a young black woman working in a video store, is making a documentary about an obscure black actress from the 1930's. When she discovers that the actress (known as "the Watermelon Woman") had a white lesbian lover, Cheryl finds a white women lover for herself. 79 min. DVD 3614; vhs 999:1830
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Zelig (1983)
Directed by Woody Allen, featuring Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow. This spoof of documentary films stars Woody Allen as Leonard Zelig, the famous "Chameleon Man" of the 1920's, whose personality was so vague he would assume the characteristics of whomever he came into contact with. Filmed in black-and-white, the movie simulates the look of a newsreel, complete with stentorian narration. 79 min. DVD 1014
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Pasinetti Award - Best Film

Shockumentaries, Mondo Films, and Exploitation Ethnography

Brottman, Mikita. "Mondo Horror: Carnivalizing the Taboo." Horror Film; 2004, p167-188, 22p UC users only
Goodall, Mark. "Shockumentary evidence: the perverse politics of mondo films." In: Remapping world cinema : identity, culture and politics in film / edited by Stephanie Dennison and Song Hwee Lim. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2006. (Main Stack PN1994.R36 2006)
Goodall, Mark. Sweet & savage : the world through the shockumentary film lens London : Headpress, 2006.(MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 G66 2006)
Schaefer, Eric. "Exploitation Films: Teaching Sin in the Suburbs." Cinema Journal 47.1 (2007) 94-97 UC users only
Shipka, D.G. Perverse Titillation: A History Of European Exploitation Films 1960-1980 Doctoral Dissertation, University of Florida, 2007
Staples, Amy J.; Charles Kilgore "An Interview with Dr. Mondo." American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 97, No. 1. (Mar., 1995), pp. 110-125. UC users only

Across the World with Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson(1930)
The Johnsons, naturalists and explorers, journed across Africa in the 1920s and 30s, encountering and filming many forms of native wildlife and people. Produced as a motion picture in 1930 by Talking Epics Pictures. 79 min. DVD 5965

Imperato, Pascal James. They married adventure : the wandering lives of Martin and Osa Johnson New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1992. (MAIN: TR140.J63 I46 1992)
Johnson, Martin. Safari; a saga of the African blue New York, London, G. P. Putnam's sons, c1928. (MAIN: DT434.E2 J7; Storage Info: $B 57 969)
Johnson, Osa. I married adventure : the lives and adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson New York : Morrow, c1989. (MAIN: TR140.J63 J641 1989)
Staples, Amy J. "Safari Adventure: Forgotten Cinematic Journeys in Africa." Film History: An International Journal - Volume 18, Number 4, 2006, pp. 392-411
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Africa Addio (1966)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi. "This film says farewell to the old Africa and gives the world a picture of its agony," graphically depicting the violent battles for control in Africa as the European colonial governments left the continent in the 1960s. Includes footage of genocide in Zanzibar, Watusi and Mau Mau massacres, mercenary assaults in the Congo, industrial complicity in South African apartheid, civil unrest, famine, and the slaughter of endangered animals. Despite thunderous acclaim, worldwide controversy drove this film from American theaters shortly after its premiere. An edited version with 45 minutes removed was re-released as "Africa, blood and guts." This is the original restored 128 min. English language version. DVD 5106

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Africa Addio [Director's Cut](1966)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi. "This film says farewell to the old Africa and gives the world a picture of its agony," graphically depicting the violent battles for control in Africa as the European colonial governments left the continent in the 1960s. Includes footage of genocide in Zanzibar, Watusi and Mau Mau massacres, mercenary assaults in the Congo, industrial complicity in South African apartheid, civil unrest, famine, and the slaughter of endangered animals. Despite thunderous acclaim, worldwide controversy drove this film from American theaters shortly after its premiere. An edited version with 45 minutes removed was re-released as "Africa, blood and guts." Extended length, director's cut version. 139 min. DVD 5107

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Africa Speaks!
Narrator, Lowell Thomas. Documentary account of Paul Hoefler's photography expedition through central Africa in 1928-1929. Containing many varied and interesting shots of African tribes and wildlife, the film footage from it was later interpolated into many jungle-themed adventure movies. Originally released as a motion picture in 1930. 60 min.DVD X6639; Video/C MM536

Africana (aka Mondo Africana)(1957; 1984)
Long before the Italian Mondo Canes established the shockumentary genre, this American film set the groundwork. Although supposedly a "serious" documentary the filmakers went out of their way to film the weird and the wicked -- safari hunts, manhood initiation ceremonies, hot coal walkers, frenzied religious ceremonies where the participants pierce their bodies and so on. The film so perfectly foreshadowed the 1960's Mondo craze that the distributor later retitled and re-released it as "Mondo Africana." Originally released in 1957; edited and expanded version released in 1984. Produced and written by Cedric Worth. 80 min. Video/C MM1034

Atrocities of the Orient(1948)
A Philippine produced "shockumentary" recreating the widespread rapes and murders of Filipino women by Japanese soldiers during the WWII Japanese occupation, just before the American invasion. Also chronicles efforts by Filipino citizens to combat the invaders. 80 min. Video/C MM538

Baboona (Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson's Baboona: An Aerial Epic Over Africa
Early 20th century naturalists and explorers, Martin and Osa Johnson journey across Africa in 1935 in two amphibious airplanes, encountering and filming African natives and many forms of wildlife including lions, rhino, elephants, and especially a large population of baboons. A prime example of the type of popular, wildly exploitative travel film made in the US between 1920 and 1950. 73 min. Video/C MM304

Imperato, Pascal James. They married adventure : the wandering lives of Martin and Osa Johnson New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1992. (MAIN: TR140.J63 I46 1992)
Johnson, Martin. Safari; a saga of the African blue New York, London, G. P. Putnam's sons, c1928. (MAIN: DT434.E2 J7; Storage Info: $B 57 969)
Johnson, Osa. I married adventure : the lives and adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson New York : Morrow, c1989. (MAIN: TR140.J63 J641 1989)
Staples, Amy J. "Safari Adventure: Forgotten Cinematic Journeys in Africa." Film History: An International Journal - Volume 18, Number 4, 2006, pp. 392-411
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Blonde Captive.
Directed by Clinton Childs, Ralph P. King, Linus J. Wilson, Paul Withington (as Dr. Paul Withington). On expedition in the remote reaches of Australia, Harvard professor Paul Withington sought a living descendant of the Neanderthal man of 50,000 years ago when he made his astounding discovery: a blonde English-speaking woman was found naked living in a cave. "All true, all filmed as it happened." Narrated by Lowell Thomas. 1931. 74 min. DVD X6003

Borneo.
Narrated by Lowell Thomas ; comic commentary by Lew Lehr and Russell Shields. Filmed in 1937, this last documentary film by naturalists and explorers Martin and Osa Johnson, features a trip to Borneo, their exploration of the land, and their encounters with the native people and wildlife of the jungles of Borneo including snakes, monkeys, fish, birds and orangutans. Produced by and featuring Martin and Osa Johnson; directed by Truman Talley. 1937. 76 min. Video/C MM305

Bo-ru, the Ape Boy.(1930)
This documentary gives an example of a boy who was raised by apes, found by an African tribe and assimilated into their village. Presents remarkable ethnographic photography of Africa in the early 1930s. "Produced and directed in the heart of Africa by Major C. Court Treatt." 35 min. Video/C MM535

Brutes and Savages.(1977)
Produced and directed by Arthur Davis. Fascinated by forbidden rituals and ceremonies, world explorer Arthur Davis takes a crew with hidden cameras to Africa and South America to secretly record the beauty and horror of the "law of the jungle." Shocking, brutal and repulsive, this film mixes bizarre authentic footage with incredible (and often hilarious) "re-enactments" of his findings. Animal sacrifices, bizarre tribal ceremonies, mating rituals....and more. When first released in 1977, the film was cut to avoid problems with censors. This is the restored full length version. 107 min. DVD 5113

Cannibal Holocaust(1980)
Directed by Ruggero Deodato. Banned and heavily censored the world over, here is a film that is so intense, graphic and unflinching in its realistic portrayal of cannibalism that the director and producer were arrested upon its original release. Tells the story of a professor who searches for four documentary filmmakers who disappeared into "the green inferno," a.k.a. Amazon River country. Eventually he meets the tribe responsible for the crew's demise and returns to the U.S. with several rolls of "found footage." Disc 1. Cannibal holocaust -- Disc 2. In the jungle, the making of Cannibal holocaust (documentary, 60 min.) ; interviews with Deodato, Kerman and co-str Gabriel Yorke ; still gallery and poster art ; original theatrical trailers ; Necrophagia, Cannibal holocaust music video ; biographies. 96 min. DVD 5250
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Brottman, Mikita. Offensive films : toward an anthropology of cinema vomitif Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H6.B67 1997)
DeVos, Andy "The more you rape their senses, the happier they are: a history of Cannibal holocaust." In: Cinema inferno : celluloid explosions from the cultural margins / edited by Robert G. Weiner, John Cline ; foreword by Mikita Brottman. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 C493 2010)
Jackson, Neil. "Cannibal Holocaust, Realist Horror and Reflexivity." Post Script: Essays in Film & the Humanities. 21(3):32-45. 2002 SummerUC users only
Jauregui, Carolina Gabriela. ""Eat it alive and swallow it whole!": Resavoring Cannibal Holocaust as a Mockumentary." Invisible Culture, Issue 7
Kerekes, David. Killing for culture: An illustrated history of death film from mondo to snuff New, rev. and updated ed. London ; San Francisco : Creation Books, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995)
Petley, Julian. "Cannibal Holocaust and the Pornography of Death." In: The spectacle of the real : from Hollywood to 'reality' TV and beyond / edited by Geoff King. Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR : Intellect, 2005. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1992.8.R43) S64 2005

Cannibal Island(1956)
The uncredited footage in Cannibal Island which appears to be of 1930's vintage takes the viewer to the savage South Sea islands where girls are girls, and men eat men. Shown are lovely topless Samoan girls and Melanesian pygmy cannibals. The stolid, stilted narrator, while condescending and racist, illuminates both the "primitive" ways of the documentary's subjects and the social naivete of the film-makers. 55 min. Video/C 4902
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Champagne Safari
This archival rarity presents the extravagant safari through Africa taken by actress Rita Hayworth and her husband Aly Kahn, in the early 1950's. Traveling by private plane, jeep, limousine and rickshaw, the celebrated couple stops in Tanganyika, Uganda, Kenya and the Belgian Congo among other locales. The film, a fascinating record of neo-colonialism and gaudy excess, offers a rare glimpse into two worlds: old time Hollywood and colonial Africa. 1952. 60 min. Video/C 9472

Congorilla (Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson's Congorilla: Adventures Among the Big apes and Little People of Central Africa
Follows the fourth trip of naturalists and explorers Martin and Osa Johnson to Africa as they travel in two amphibious airplanes, encountering and filming gorillas, giraffes, lions, rhino, elephants, crocodiles, hippo and other birds and animals of the Serengetti Plains, Kenya and the Congo and pygmies and other native inhabitants. A prime example of the type of popular, wildly exploitative travel film made in the US between 1920 and 1950. 1932. 67 min. Video/C MM306

Imperato, Pascal James. They married adventure : the wandering lives of Martin and Osa Johnson New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1992. (MAIN: TR140.J63 I46 1992)
Johnson, Martin. Safari; a saga of the African blue New York, London, G. P. Putnam's sons, c1928. (MAIN: DT434.E2 J7; Storage Info: $B 57 969)
Johnson, Osa. I married adventure : the lives and adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson New York : Morrow, c1989. (MAIN: TR140.J63 J641 1989)
Staples, Amy J. "Safari Adventure: Forgotten Cinematic Journeys in Africa." Film History: An International Journal - Volume 18, Number 4, 2006, pp. 392-411
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The Godfathers of Mondo
Discusses the films of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, from their lives as journalists and careers as filmmakers, through success and scandal, from the "tragic misunderstanding" that made them international criminals to the reasons behind their bitter break-up. Forty years later, Jacopetti and Prosperi, still passionate and proud, expose the bizarre truths behind the Mondo productions, explore the frenzy surrounding the Mondo rumors and the incredible legacy of the Mondo phenomenon. Includes interviews with the two filmmakers and others who worked with them, behind-the-scenes footage, home movies, and scenes from their films. Interviews with: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi, Riz Ortolani, Benito Frattari, Giampaolo Lomi, David Kerekes, David Flint, Jeffrey Sconce. 90 min. DVD 5108

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Goodbye Uncle Tom(1971)
Directed by Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti. A feature film in which two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South where they make a very graphic documentary about the atrocities of slavery and the slave trade. The film became one of the most reviled films of its time, both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. This is the complete 123 min. English language version, "fully restored, totally uncut, uncensored." 123 min. DVD 5109
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Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Goodbye Uncle Tom [Director's cut: Addio Zio Tom](1971)
Directed by Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti. A feature film in which two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South where they make a very graphic documentary about the atrocities of slavery and the slave trade. The film became one of the most reviled films of its time, both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. This is the completely restored, extended length director's cut version. In Italian with optional English subtitles. 136 min. DVD 5110
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Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

I Married Adventure(1940)
Covers Osa Johnson's memoirs of the Osa and Martin Johnson explorations of Africa and the South Seas in the early 20th century and their photography of native people and animals. Describes a failed trip to Borneo that the Johnsons successfully made up for 20 years later. 77 min. DVD 5827
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Imperato, Pascal James. They married adventure : the wandering lives of Martin and Osa Johnson New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1992. (MAIN: TR140.J63 I46 1992)
Johnson, Martin. Safari; a saga of the African blue New York, London, G. P. Putnam's sons, c1928. (MAIN: DT434.E2 J7; Storage Info: $B 57 969)
Johnson, Osa. I married adventure : the lives and adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson New York : Morrow, c1989. (MAIN: TR140.J63 J641 1989)
Staples, Amy J. "Safari Adventure: Forgotten Cinematic Journeys in Africa." Film History: An International Journal - Volume 18, Number 4, 2006, pp. 392-411
UC users only

Let Me Die a Woman (1978)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Leslie, Deborah Hartin, Lisa Carmelle, Frank Pizzo, Harry Reems as Tim Long, Carol Sands, Billy Kelman, Doug Martin. A documentary-style film about transsexuals. Features the work of sex-change specialist Dr.Leo Wollman, including interviews with Dr.Wollman and a few of his patients, with an illustrated lecture on the various aspects of transsexuality plus actual footage of a sex-change operation, which is what gives the film its notoriety. 78 min. DVD X5532
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Mondo Cane(1961)
Directed by Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, et al. A documentary of thirty sequences of eccentric human behavior, including cannibalism, pig killing, dog meat restaurants in Taiwan, human laceration in Italy, social customs of New Guinea, the "death houses" of Singapore, Ginkha soldiers dressed as women, Rossano Brazzi's violent fans, social attitudes towards overweight women in various cultures, pet cemetaries, etc. 107 min. DVD 5103; vhs Video/C 4903
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Betz, Mark. "Exquisite Corpses: Art Cinema, Film Studies, and the Omnibus Film." In: Beyond the subtitle : remapping European art cinema / Mark Betz. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2009. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.E8 B48 2009)
Goldfarb, Peter. "Mondo Cane." Film Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1. (Autumn, 1963), pp. 46-47. UC users only
Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only
Brottman, Mikita. "Carnivalising the taboo. The mondo film and the opened body." CineAction nr 38 (Sept 1995); p 25-37
Compares the increasingly explicit portrayal of bodily mutilation in contemporary horror films with that of actual deaths in 'mondo' films, noting the attention paid to such material by academic critics. Refers esp. to Bahtin's theory of the carnivalesque.
Castiel, Élie. "Le mondo. Rites insolites et nuits chaudes du monde." Séquences nr 197 (July-Aug 1998); p 27-30 A history of the mondo genre, with notes on the film which started the craze: "Mondo cane".
Kerekes, David. Killing for culture: An illustrated history of death film from mondo to snuff New, rev. and updated ed. London ; San Francisco : Creation Books, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995)

Mondo Africana(1964)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi. SEE Mondo Africana

Mondo Cane 2(1964)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi. A continuation of the original documentary film Mondo cane, showing the strange and bizarre in human behavior. Presents an odyssey of beauty and barbarism from the burning monks of Saigon to the slave markets of the Sudan, from religious hysteria to ecological horrors, from sex and art, to life and death. 95 min. DVD 5104

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Naked Africa(1957)
Directed by Ray Phoenix. An ethnographic documentary which surveys the manners and mores of "contemporary" Africans in 1957. Reynolds, a noted journalist, observes that parts of the continent have been westernized. However, these scenes are of rural Africa where white men have rarely visited. They focus on native girls performing the "python dance", a rite that celebrates their arrival at womanhood, lions stalking and killing zebras and antelopes, and 18-year old tribal youths undergoing a ritual of manhood. 70 min. Video/C 4904

Party Monster: The Shockumentary(1997)
Directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. Biopic shockumentary about Michael Alig, New York City promoter of the underground club scene and former "King of the Club-Kids", whose excesses ended in the murder of a drug-dealing friend. "An absolutely engrossing walk on the whacked side!" Special features (ca. 60 min.): Documentary "Nelson Sullivan's World of Wonder" ; short subject "Clara the carefree chicken" ; Club USA TV commercial ; audio commentary by James St. James, author of Party Monster, the book. 56 min. DVD 5114

Shocking Asia (1974)
Bizarre and unbelievable chronicle of alien rituals and ceremonies practiced in the mysterious East. Venture into the erotic temples of Kajuharo and Japan's sex clubs. See a graphic sex change operation in Singapore, midget and female wrestling, a mass piercing in India and other gruesome vignettes of the shocking world behind bamboo. Written and directed by Rolf Olsen. 94 min. DVD 5136

Simba
Filmed in East Africa during the second Martin Johnson African Expedition, 1923-1928. Records Martin and Osa Johnson's expedition to East Africa, the chief purpose of which was to capture on film rapidly disappearing African wildlife as well as East African peoples (Samburu, Dorobo, etc.) and their customs. Includes extensive footage of elephants, giraffes and lions. Also shown is the lion-spearing ceremony perfomed by the Lumbwa (part of this sequence was filmed by Carl Akeley and Alfred J. Klein). The film opens with an introduction by Martin and Osa Johnson. Introduction recorded in New York, ca. 1932. 83 min. Video/C 7326

Simba press kit (Milestone Films)
Imperato, Pascal James. They married adventure : the wandering lives of Martin and Osa Johnson New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1992. (MAIN: TR140.J63 I46 1992)
Johnson, Martin. Safari; a saga of the African blue New York, London, G. P. Putnam's sons, c1928. (MAIN: DT434.E2 J7; Storage Info: $B 57 969)
Johnson, Osa. I married adventure : the lives and adventures of Martin and Osa Johnson New York : Morrow, c1989. (MAIN: TR140.J63 J641 1989)
Mitman, Gregg. Reel nature : America's romance with wildlife on film Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999. (Main: PN1995.9.A5 M58 1999)
Ruby, Jay. "Simba" (Review) American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 96, No. 1. (Mar., 1994), pp. 221-222.UC users only
Staples, Amy J. "Safari Adventure: Forgotten Cinematic Journeys in Africa." Film History: An International Journal - Volume 18, Number 4, 2006, pp. 392-411
UC users only

Sinister Menace(1930)
Director, Dwain Esper. An early "shockumentary," shot in Egypt, which shows the interiors of drug dens and documents the habits of opium addicts. 10 min. Video/C 7818

Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)

Sky Above Mud Below (Le Ciel et la boue)(1961)
In Septermber, 1959, six Europeans left the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea to trek north to the far side of the island. They traveled for seven months through dangerous, uncharted jungles, meeting villagers in the interior who kept them at bay, and on both coasts villagers who invited them to observe their rituals and live with them. The narrator focuses on describing Stone Age people, headhunters and cannibalism. DVD 1667 Produced by Arthur Cohn and Rene LaFuite; directed by Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau. 88 min. DVD 1667
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Snuff(1976)
Directed by Michael and Roberta Findlay. Cast: Margarita Amuchastegui, Ana Carro, Clao Villaneuva. A young man with similiarities to Charles Manson leads a gang of bikers in a series of supposedly real killings on film. The crucial scene where there is a simulated murder of a cast member was done as a marketing ploy for the film to claim it was genuine. To give it credibility, the producers hired fake protesters to picket theatres showing the film. "The film that could only be made in South America--- where life is cheap!" -- container. 80 min. DVD 6669

Brottman, Mikita. Offensive films : toward an anthropology of cinema vomitif Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H6 B67 1997)
Hawkins, Joan. Cutting edge : art-horror and the horrific avant-garde Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (MAIN: PN1995.9.E96 H38 2000)
Kerekes, David. "Killing for culture: An illustrated history of death film from mondo to snuff." New, rev. and updated ed. London ; San Francisco : Creation Books, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995)
Stine, Scott Aaron. "The Snuff Film: The Making of an Urban Legend."
Wikipedia entry on Michael and Roberta Findlay

Untamed Africa
A documentary of a safari filmed in the early 1930s of the Wynant D. Hubbard family which departed from Rhodesia to explore the African terrain [Upper Rhodesia and Portuguese East Africa]. They capture and photograph a variety of wild animals. After six weeks of traveling 135 miles into the interior, they reach their camp site in a remote village. They visit other villages and meet with the chiefs. They witness a grass fire that almost destroys their camp and witness lions attacking a long-horned ox. The oxen form a circle to defend themselves against the lions. When one lion escapes, the natives chase it into the jungle, capturing it alive. After capturing the lion, the Wynants observe a bloody native celebration honoring the capture. 1933. 56 min. DVD X6046

Witchdoctor in Tails (1966)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara and Franco Prosperi. In true "Mondo cinema" form, this documentary presents a non-stop run through Africa in search of firewalkers, snake charmers, native rituals and anything strange and unusual. Finally, the film ties everything together with a special focus on witchdoctors and their sundry rites and mutilations. A film by Antonio LaRocca Galante. 96 min. Video/C MM1033

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

The Women of the World (La donna nel mondo)(1963)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara and Franco Prosperi. International culture of the bizarre. Here is the female of the species as mothers, murderers, warriors and whores, high-powered executives ... and bodacious bombshells. From love in the streets of Paris to death on the African plain, the Mondo masters turn their unflinching eye on women of the world. 107 min. DVD 5105

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

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