A mockumentary (a portmanteau of the words mock and documentary) is a type of film or television show in which fictional events are presented in documentary style to create a parody. These productions are often used to analyze or comment on current events and issues by using a fictional setting, or to parody the documentary form itself. They may be either comedic or dramatic in form, although comedic mockumentaries are more common. A dramatic mockumentary (sometimes referred to as docufiction) should not be confused with docudrama, a fictional genre in which dramatic techniques are combined with documentary elements to depict real events.

Mockumentaries are often presented as historical yet witty documentaries, with B roll and talking heads discussing past events, or as cinéma vérité pieces following people as they go through various events. Though the precise origins of the genre are not known, examples emerged during the 1950s, when archival film footage became relatively easy to locate. A very early example was a short piece on the "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" that appeared as an April fools' joke on the British television program Panorama in 1957.

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‘The Blue Angels’: American Tradition at Its Most Inspirational

The Epoch Times 20 May 2024
Documentary, Military, History ... The Blue Angels perform in formation, in the documentary “The Blue Angels.” (Amazon Prime) Shot in 2022 over the course of 11 months, ......

Why Cohen Poses a Problem for the Prosecution in Trump Trial

The Epoch Times 20 May 2024
Their painstaking use of records to construct a documentary history of an alleged coverup of a nondisclosure agreement payment—what the prosecution alleges amounts to election ......

What to stream this week: 'Dune 2' adds spice, J.Lo heads to space, Lenny Kravitz rocks

Springfield News-Sun 20 May 2024
A spectacular documentary on the Blue Angels, Shay Mitchell explores drinks around the world and Lenny Kravitz is back with his first full-length album in six years, "Blue Electric Light." ... — A different kind of eye-popping spectacle will also be available on Prime Video on Thursday in the documentary "The Blue Angels" about the daring U.S....

'Lolla' review: 'The Story of Lollapalooza' an interesting doc on an epicenter of rock

Chicago Sun-Times 20 May 2024
The three-part Paramount+ documentary series “Lolla. The Story of Lollapalooza” serves as a solid video history document for younger fans of Lolla, and a trip down Alt-Rock Memory Lane for those of us who attended some of the very first shows ... A three-part documentary available Tuesday on Paramount+....

What's on? Top 10 TV and streaming tips for Saturday

RTE 18 May 2024
with Jools Holland returns for a new run, Songs of Ireland continues, and there's a documentary about Kylian Mbappe ... The Road to April 19th, 9.00pm, Sky Documentaries ... history. This HBO documentary examines the details of that day, the experiences of the people there, the hunt for ......

HBO Max Schedule May 20-26 2024: New TV Shows & Movies Being Added

Coming Soon 18 May 2024
The latter series is a documentary chronicling Brazilian footballer Romario’s journey to find his fourth title in the 1994 World Cup ... This documentary, which previously premiered at South by Southwest on March 10, follows the history of Stax Records, a record label that helped various artists such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, and Booker T....

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Edgar Loudermilk Band to play Bluegrass Monday

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 18 May 2024
Pedri, who executed a major mission to help his World War II Army unit capture the town of Metz, is the subject of "Dear Sirs," a documentary by his grandson, screening Tuesday at Little Rock's MacArthur Museum of Military History ... The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E....

‘Caught by the Tides’ Review: Jia Zhang-ke’s Defining Theme of Modern China in Constant Transformation ...

The Hollywood Reporter 18 May 2024
The new feature looks back not only on recent national history but also on Jia’s entire filmography, echoing themes, geographical features, documentary techniques and structural elements while incorporating footage shot in different formats at various intervals — Yu ......

‘Oh, Canada’: Cannes Review

Screen Daily 17 May 2024
Richard Gere plays a director making sense of his own history in Paul Schrader’s Competition entry ... Unashamedly literary and self-reflexively cinematic, presents itself as the prologue to the death of an esteemed American-born documentary-maker, Leonard Fife (Gere) ... cinema history....

‘Oh, Canada’ Review: Paul Schrader Gets the Better of Himself in Richard Gere Reunion

The Wrap 17 May 2024
The character in question is Leo Fife, a feted documentary filmmaker whose history and methods overlap in places with those of Errol Morris. He is now stricken by terminal cancer, so he agrees to be the subject of a documentary himself ... But neither the documentary-makers nor Schrader seems interested in following up on this bombshell....

Did the Kitty Roar?

The Epoch Times 17 May 2024
One of the more famous trades in history was covered by Tastytrade in the documentary “Cancel Crash.” Was Blair Hull crazy or not? One trader can move a market for ......

Documentary filmmaker takes 2nd shot at Yangtze

China Daily 17 May 2024
In 2010-11, Japanese documentary director Ryo Takeuchi filmed a series about the Yangtze River for Japan's public broadcaster NHK ... The documentary film The Yangtze River was released in Japan in April and will begin screening in China on May 24 ... After all, China has thousands of years of history and deep cultural heritage....