This Is Spinal Tap Poster Original Daybill 1984 Christopher Guest
Daybill Poster.This Is Spinal Tap (stylized as This Is Spın̈al Tap: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi) is a 1984 American mockumentary film directed and co-written by Rob Reiner. It stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer as members of the fictional English heavy metal band Spinal Tap (who are characterized as "one of England's loudest bands") and Reiner as Martin "Marty" Di Bergi, a documentary filmmaker who follows them on their American tour. Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby both have smaller roles in Reiner’s film and both would later go on to star in Reiner’s “When Harry Met Sally”. Spinal Tap satirizes the behaviour and musical pretensions of rock bands and the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries such as Gimme Shelter (1970), The Song Remains the Same (1976), and The Last Waltz (1978).Most of its dialogue was improvised and dozens of hours were filmed. This Is Spinal Tap received positive reviews, but was only a modest success upon its initial release. However, it found greater success and amassed a cult following after it was released on VHS. In 2002, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress, and was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.