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Real Life

1979 / 99min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ALBERT BROOKS

CAST: DICK HAYNES, ALBERT BROOKS, MATTHEW TOBIN, J.A. PRESTON

Brooks’ feature debut is a prescient mockumentary parodying the premise of PBS’s groundbreaking proto-reality TV documentary An American Family, and in the process of doing so it predicts the present industry of manufactured reality and the performance of self. A seemingly typical family unit, headed by patriarch Charles Grodin (never better), invite Brooks’s preening, egotistical filmmaker into their suburban home, and with him a circus that threatens to upend their quiet lives, with every scene a marvel of comic invention building to mounting madness.

Screening in the series Albert Brooks.