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American Movie / American Movie: The Making Of Northwestern

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  American Movie / American Movie: The Making Of Northwestern Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
7.50 /10
Filmmaker: Mark Borchardt, Friend/Musician: Mike Schank, Mark's uncle: Uncle Bill
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Directed by: Chris Smith
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Released: 1999
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 104

Two years in the life of a dim, not especially talented odd-job man from Wisconsin, Mark Borchardt (pictured). The only extraordinary thing about him is that he keeps trying against the odds to make his movie masterpiece called Northwestern, though he has to put it on hold in order to finance it with a 35-minute straight-to-video horror flick called Coven, a title which he doesn't even know how to pronounce.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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American Movie quietly but funnily shows the yawning gap between dream and reality. The array of defiantly down-to-earth characters who help Borechardt out or (more often) impede him makes this looks like Ed Wood remade with the cast of This Is Spinal Tap… It's tempting to think the whole thing must be a spoof. But it's for real, and you can't help but warm to Borchardt's enthusiasm, and Chris Smith's sneaking admiration for him.

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