Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What is Borat?

Borat is the title character of the mockumentary, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” Cohen’s work in the film was recognized with a Golden Globe (“Best Actor in a Comedy or Drama”). In the film, Borat portrays a fictional Kazakh reporter making a documentary about American culture for the fictional Kazakhstan Ministry of Information. Believing the fiction, chaos ensues when ordinary Americans are duped into portraying themselves on the film in an unflattering light. The ad-lib film, made for only $18 million, was originally expected to flop. Instead, the film earned $260M at the box office and picked up a 2007 Oscar nomination for “best adapted screenplay.”

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