This Is Spinal Tap
, the finest rock & roll mockumentary ever made, is famous for its in-jokes, its backstage-confidential-gone-horribly-awry setup and the collaborative nature of its dialogue and plot (all of which was improvised by the actors). Moments of genius parody are rampant, from Fran Drescher's cameo as a feminist outraged by an album title and cover, to the nuanced individual performances given by Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) as the talented but dim lead guitarist and pragmatically stumped documentary filmmaker Marty DiBergi (actual director Rob Reiner) during a tour of Nigel's extensive guitar collection. The Webster Film Series celebrates the 'Tap's 30th anniversary with screenings of This Is Spinal Tap
at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (October 25 and 26) at Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries
). Tickets are $4 to $6.
Sat., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2014