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  • Christopher Guest, who played Nigel Tufnel in the movie This Is Spın̈al Tap, has gone on to make several mockumentaries of his own, such as Best in Show (dog shows), Waiting for Guffman (local theater), A Mighty Wind (1960's folk music) and For Your Consideration (Oscar Bait films), all of which can be considered affectionate towards their (rather daft) characters.
  • Mel Brooks is a Grand Master of this trope. He has made it clear that he only parodies movies and genres he likes. In fact Mel Brooks has said that he could never do a parody of, for instance, slasher flicks because he can only work with genres he respects. Brooks was even awarded the AFI Achievement Award by none other than Martin Scorsese for being "a great filmmaker just for laughs"
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  • Woody Allen has parodied genres like 1970s sci-fi (Sleeper) and epic historical romances (Love And Death). One section of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* but were afraid to ask parodies 1960s Italian films, and another 1940s-50s mad scientist films (complete with John Carradine as the scientist in question).
  • Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker famously reinvented the Slapstick Parody genre for a generation to the point where everyone thought that any spoof movie that came out was made by them.
    • Airplane! is an Affectionate Parody of disaster movies, especially the movie Zero Hour! (with which it shared entire lines of dialogue, such as "The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn't have fish for dinner"), and one of the best Deconstructions you'll ever see. It's now very, very hard to play the "disaster on a plane" trope straight— and impossible to watch Zero Hour! or read the Arthur Hailey book Airplane is based on (it's from the guy who wrote Airport) without going into hysterics from visualizing all the jokes in Airplane.
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    • BASEketball spoofs inspirational sports movies.
    • Hot Shots! Parts 1 and Deux parody Top Gun and military operation films.
    • Jane Austen's Mafia spoofs Italian mafioso gangster films, particularly, The Godfather, Goodfellas and Casino.
    • The Naked Gun trilogy qualifies as affectionate spoofs of police movies.

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