I’m a big fan of the off-the-wall films of the Right Honourable the Lord Haden-Guest ever since This is Spinal Tap, my favourite is Best in Show. Of all his “mockumentaries”* A Mighty Wind is not as outright funny as the others but has a little more heart and affectionate moments. One of those moments is when the duo of Mitch and Mickey reunite to sing their signature song: A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow.
The song was written by Michael McKean (a member of what has become Guest’s rep company) and his wife Annette O’Toole. It was up for a Oscar that year and in an interview with the New York Times McKean said: It’s more of an affectionate pastiche …We looked at it as an experiment to write something that could have been 150 years old ….”
Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy have appeared on screen as husband and wife so often I’m sure there are people who believe they are married in real life The connection between them goes back to the old SCTV days and is still going on today with their popular new series Shitt’s Creek.
*A appellation Christopher Guest doesn’t much appreciate as he says he never “mocks” any of his subjects – and truth be told he doesn’t.
On this day in 1989: in Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found near the Pyramid of Cheops.