Acting out in Fake It So Real
  • Acting out in Fake It So Real

Robert Greene’s Fake It So Real, currently playing at Facets Multimedia, is an offbeat but sympathetic portrait of an amateur wrestling league in small-town North Carolina. As a regional portrait, it recalls classic American docs like Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan’s Marjoe (1972) or the Maysles’ Grey Gardens (1975). It’s got heart, as they used to say. I wrote about the movie last week and had the pleasure of speaking with Greene soon after. Our long conversation addressed Greene’s latest two documentaries (Fake It and Kati With an I), the documentary tradition, and what wrestling has to teach us about performance. A partial transcript follows the jump.