January 17, 2007

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

boratVery funny movie, even with only 10 people in the theater. Borat prompted a long conversation about the making of a fake documentary: We impressed with the verisimilitide, so much so that we talked at length about the logistics of filming a movie where the authentic reactions of unaware "real" people are the essential ingredient. Just imagine how many hours of footage must have been shot to unearth the few nuggets of comedy gold! We noticed the hard work that must have gone into editing this movie together- unlike the lengthy Borat interview segments on HBO, most of the interview segments in the movie are very short. I hypothesized that star Sasha Baron Cohen was unable to sustain longer interviews because subjects refused to talk to him after hearing him talk for 5 minutes; Emily suspects this was an effort to keep the pace of the movie fast: at 84 minutes it almost felt too long. We both wonder if Cohen will be able to make a similar movie from another of his characters (Bruno, Ali G) when everyone in America knows who he is now. (Landmark Embassy Theater, Waltham)