Jack Black in comical tribute to film pioneers

Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:28am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

BERLIN (Reuters) - Actor Jack Black stars in a comical and nostalgic tribute to the pioneers of cinema and jazz in "Be Kind Rewind," which brings the 2008 Berlin Film Festival to a fitting close on Saturday.

Directed by Frenchman Michel Gondry, best known for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," the movie tells the story of two friends who try to save a dying video rental business by making their own versions of films.

Black, as exuberant on screen as ever, plays Jerry, a delusional mechanic who is convinced the authorities are using radiation to contaminate and control people's minds.

His sidekick is Mike, played by Mos Def, who works with ageing Fats Waller fan Fletcher (Danny Glover) in a rental store threatened with demolition.

When Jerry is magnetized attempting a hair-brained sabotage mission on a power station, he accidentally wipes the videos.

The pair decide the only way to save the store is to make instant versions of the erased originals, triggering a madcap race against time to remake "Ghostbusters," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Carrie," "King Kong" and many more.

As their scheme becomes increasingly successful, the local community becomes involved and unites in a final bid to save the shop with an original biopic of Fats Waller.

"I always saw Fats Waller as some punk figure of the time," Gondry told reporters.   Continued...

<p>Actor Jack Black, star of the film "Be Kind Rewind" by director Michel Gondry, poses during a photo session at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 19, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>