Wednesday, April 14, 2010
...AND GOD SPOKE (1994)
This 1994 film is the WAITING FOR GUFFMAN of independent filmmaking, but unlike Christopher Guest's films, you don't know these guys (except for the inspired cameos), which makes it even more believable. This time you're not watching characters played by Parker Posey and Harry Shearer and Fred Willard (as great as they are) - so you get the idea that ...AND GOD SPOKE might actually be real. You'll notice some future stars among the cast (Parker's husband in BEST IN SHOW, a future SNL cast member) which just goes to show you how strong an improv cast is behind this unknown little film. And in the filmmakers minds, it all makes perfect sense – after casting a complete unknown in the role of the somewhat important Biblical part of God, Stephen Rappaport remarks “You won’t recognize God.” Which is as it should be, right? The few past stars that are here are so “past” that you might not even consider them stars anymore, unless you frequent biannual Fright Fests in Parsippany New Jersey – Eve Plumb (TV’s Jan Brady) as Mrs. Noah, Lou Ferrigno as Cain and Andy Dick as Abel, and the venerable Soupy Sales as Moses who, much like Soupy Sales, knows the value of good product placement. Which makes me think - I wonder if the bit where Soupy Sales pushes his sons' Tin Machine album was actually scripted. I really do.