On CANAL +, The Best Version of Myself is a mock documentary on Blanche Gardin: a mockumentary. Popularized by The Office, this genre is more than ever in the spotlight. The proof with 3 programs available on myCANAL.
The Best Version of Myself is available on myCANAL and broadcast every Monday evening on CANAL + until December 20 inclusive.
Qualified as a true documentary on fake documentaries, Quite simply false returns to the source of the fake on television or in the cinema, with the advent of the mockumentary. A link between fiction and reality, this genre is based on the fact of parodying the form of the documentary in order to comment, analyze and / or offer a satire of the news.
An approach commented here by personalities like Alex Lutz (Guy), Jean-Pascal Zadi and John Wax (Simply black), Éloïse Lang and Noémie Saglio (Asshole), or even Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch Project).
Going back to the origins of the hoax with in particular the famous radio prank of Orson Welles in 1938 (during which he had made believe in an invasion of Martians), Simply False is punctuated by archive images that make us better understand why and how fake has always attracted filmmakers and audiences.
The documentary Simply False is available on myCANAL.
What We Do in the Shadows
Much less cited than mockumentary classics like The Office, What we do in the shadows is nonetheless a symbol of the genre. The story is that of a film crew who decides to make a documentary about a roommate of vampires who have lived for many centuries on Staten Island.
Spin-off of the eponymous film released in 2014, the series by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi follows the daily lives of Nandor, Laszio, Nadja, and Guillermo (a human servant who dreams of becoming a vampire). Between problems of adaptation to today’s world and meeting between the ordinary and the extraordinary, What We Do in The Shadows offers pure biting comic moments and a parade of references to pop culture.
On the screen, we discover Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen, Mark Proksch, but also Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who take over the role they had in the film, not to mention the appearances of Tilda Swinton, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Rubens or Wesley Snipes. A series you will quickly be addicted to (cs)!
The 3 seasons of What we do in the shadows are available on myCANAL.
Imagined by illustrious Saturday Night Live comedians Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, Documentary Now! is a parody of famous American documentaries. With Helen Mirren as the introduction to each episode, the series marries perfectly the false testimonies and the codes of the documentary with a zany and absurd tone at will.
On the program, a rereading of a doc on the (real) documentary filmmaker Les Blank, of Stop Making Sense (a legendary Talking Heads concert filmed by Jonathan Demme in 1984), and even of Nanouk l’Esquimau, a pioneer docu from 1922. Saturday Night Live obliges, the 3 seasons welcome an impressive gallery of starred guests.
We can therefore find Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, Mia Farrow, Michael C. Hall, Natasha Lyonne, Peter Fonda, Anne Hathaway, Jack Black and even Faye Dunaway. All over the course of 21 brilliantly written episodes to be consumed urgently!
The 3 seasons of Documentary Now! are available on myCANAL.