CANY – One of the most memorable lines – and a personal favorite of Rob Rainer – from “This Is Spinal Tap” sounds like this: “There is a fine line between stupid and smart.”
The same can be said about the classic pseudo-documentary film of 1984. It might not have come out so easily. No one in Hollywood thought it was a good idea. He was rescued by Norman Lear, who is said to have spoken to the leaders of the room after Rainer made his statement and left, announcing, “Who will tell him he can’t do this?”
Now Rainer and company want to put the band together to continue. Rainer was at the Cannes Film Festival this week for the jubilee screening on the beach of “It’s a Spinal Crane” and to evoke excitement from the just-announced sequel, in which Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest also reprise their roles. as members of the group of David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tafnell.
“The handkerchief is high. There is no doubt about that, ”Rainer said in an interview on the beach. “And we’ve struggled with it forever, whether or not we should do it. But we had an idea. For years, people came up and said, “Oh, you have to make a sequel.” We always said, “No, no, no.” But time passed, and we finally had something that we thought could work. And we will find out! ”
There was no script in the 1984 film, only a four-page plan. It was almost entirely improvised. The first version of Rainer’s film lasted seven hours. Even the jokes they planned – for example, the infamous scene “this amp goes to 11” – were shot out of the ordinary.
“Faster!” Rainer remembers shouting. “Make an amp with an extra number!”
But what was so close to never spilling out certainly became one of the most beloved comedies of the 80s and had a huge impact on the countless cartoons that followed. It is even in the Library of Congress.
Rainer assures that this time there will be no script. He will depend on the still sharp improvisational talents of his cast, which continued Spinal Tap – a fictional band that has become semi-real – at occasional concerts in recent decades. Rainer’s character, directed by Marty DeBergy (in the style of Martin Scorsese in the documentary The Band “The Last Waltz”), will naturally return.
“Here we are 40 years later and Marty DeBergy – who was not the greatest director, so to speak. The man made the film “Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Godzilla”. And I think he did “Attack a 52-foot woman,” Rainer says. “Because he said this meeting would take place, we wanted to make this film and we gave him the freedom to govern.”
When “This Is Spinal Tap” was first released, many thought Spinal Tap was a real band. Rainer, who studied to produce rock documentaries such as “The Kids Are Alright” and “The Song Remains the Same,” took on cameraman Peter Smockler with a documentary background. What was real and what was a parody was almost indistinguishable. Sting, Rainer says, has since told him she watched him countless times but didn’t know whether to laugh at him or cry.
And some fragments were taken straight from rock and roll. The band, which got lost on the way to the stage, emerged from the experience of Tom Patty and the Heartbreakers, who may have liked the atmosphere behind the scenes before the performance.
Asked if Scorsese had ever talked to him about Rainer’s reef on him, Rainer replied: “At first Marty was angry. But over the years he fell in love with it. A few years ago we filmed “The Wolf of Wall Street” and talked about it. He said, “Oh, I love it. I like that you did it. “
“The Last Waltz” will once again be the main touchstone for the sequel, which Rainer is developing for his newly launched production company Castle Rock. Rainer’s plan is to re-convene Spinal Tap for the latest show.
Many of Rainer’s favorite films seem to have a sequel. Intercept the tone of “Princess Bride”? Incredible. (Writer William Goldman still tried.) And it’s just as hard to imagine that the magic of “Stand by Me” or “When Harry Met Sally” was recorded a second time. But Spinal Tap is not a swing yet, Rainer said.
“If you have an idea,” he says, “then you say, ‘OK.’
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