Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Something About Borat I Hadn't Heard Before

Bright Lights Film Journal makes the unusual -- but plausible -- case that the Borat movie is influenced by the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis/Frank Tashlin film Hollywood or Bust:


The fish out of water is a television journalist from Kazakhstan - impersonated by English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen - who travels across America, nominally to make a documentary educating himself and his Kazakhstan viewers concerning the ways of Americans, actually to hook up with his dream woman, Pamela Anderson. (Speaking of screenwriting tropes, this one is borrowed from Frank Tashlin’s classic 1956 comedy, Hollywood or Bust, where Jerry Lewis, accompanied by Dean Martin, travels cross-country to meet his dream gal, Anita Ekberg. Borat successfully homages both Lewis and Laurel & Hardy.)


2 comments:

VP19 said...

Taking the Anita Ekberg-Pamela Anderson analogy to the next (nonsensical) step, does this mean that the Lit video featuring a giant Pam was inspired by the Fellini segment of "Boccaccio '70"?

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, like thank you so much for the Dinomention. Actually anything of any greatness would always be "borrowed" from our Dino, 'cause there never was, never will be anyone as cool as our Dino. Oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth!