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Film critic Charles Bramesco leads this virtual seminar on the controversial landmark of cinematic satire.
Sacha Baron Cohen brings his Borat character to the big screen with this feature length adaptation of his American exploits. Fans of Da Ali G Show will already be familiar with the devilishly simple Borat formula, in which the heavily mustachioed TV host from Kazakhstan dupes a number of unwitting citizens into revealing their deepest prejudices, and this movie takes that premise, stirs in a little narrative structure, and serves a side-splitting mirth-fest. The action begins with Borat traveling to America alongside his producer Azamat Bagatov (Ken Davitian). After a hotel room viewing of Baywatch, Borat decides he must travel to California to woo Pamela Anderson, so he and the long-suffering Azamat take a cross-country road trip in an ice cream van, encountering some funny, disturbing, and deeply strange individuals along the way.
Charles Bramesco is a freelance film critic living in Brooklyn. A former staff writer for Rolling Stone, his work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Guardian, and many other fine publications. His first book, a volume on vampire movies for the "Close-Ups" series from Little White Lies, is now on US and UK shelves.