Monday, November 06, 2006

Review of Brothers of the Head: Musical Mockumentary The Blurs Many Lines

by Keith Fulton

One of the most harrowing and fascinating looks at a film never made was Lost in La Mancha which was directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe. So when I heard about their first dramatic feature, I was intrigued. I hadn’t realized that it was a mockumentary at first and with the brilliant structure of the film I became confused about the reality of the story since there are so many believable elements combined together it constructs a quite believable reality. With the real author of the novel (Brian Aldiss) and a real director (Ken Russell) of a fake fictional film and a fake documentary director of a fake documentary all within another documentary it presents a seamless world. With solid music and remarkable performances and casting, it works on many levels with stories that became apparent after I started talking about the film with a friend. A unique film that reworks the mockumentary form by leaning towards the dramatic instead of the comedic.

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