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trailer break: ‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


“If i told them once, I told them a thousand times: ‘Spinal Tap’ first, ‘puppet show’ second…”

I’ve been seeing ads for this film in the London Underground, and I was sure it had to be a joke. And when I started searching online for info about the film, I continued to be convinced that it’s a joke, a riff on This Is Spinal Tap. One clue: one of the members of “Anvil” is named Robb Reiner.

And then there are the quotes: “The best documentary I’ve seen in years!” says (we’re told) Michael Moore. “Possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll,” says (apparently) The London Times. Right.

But also apparently, this is a true story, and the film is a documentary. I continue to be skeptical.

If it is all a put-on, though, it’s one of the most consistent put-ons I’ve ever come across. If it’s a put-on, the entire Internet has its fingers crossed behind its back.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil opens in the U.K. on February 20 and in the U.S. on April 10.



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