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Johnny Berlin (2005)

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Simultaneously funny and dark, this documentary follows Jon Hyrns, a porter aboard a refurbished 1930s luxury train. Passengers on the Seattle to L.A. trip know him as "Johnny Berlin" - the... See full summary »

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Simultaneously funny and dark, this documentary follows Jon Hyrns, a porter aboard a refurbished 1930s luxury train. Passengers on the Seattle to L.A. trip know him as "Johnny Berlin" - the man responsible for making their beds and cleaning their toilets. We get to know him differently - as a middle-aged, struggling writer with a workaday job and as many dreams as he has beds to clean. Boyishly charming and with many stories to tell, Johnny takes us on a trip through his life. He's a true wanderer, a man without a home base, whose only plan is to spend his savings on a trip to Cambodia to write his long-gestating novel. The film is ultimately an intimate, offbeat, and humorous portrait of mid-life crisis presented as a traveling monologue. Written by Michael Perkins

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Followed by Johnny Berlin Part 2: Notes from the Dumpster (2008) See more »

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Johnny Berlin is Everyman's Phylosopher
22 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This candid portrait of Johnny Berlin reflected an image of myself that showed me how to maintain my aspirations while allowing me to appreciate the mundane aspects of my life.

The tight and thoughtful editing of this documentary film never left me wondering what was going on. The concept is brilliant. The (anti)star of the film is so genuine and appealing that I couldn't help but identify with him and want to spend more time with him. The unique setting underscores the fact that Johnny is at once isolated yet intimately involved with his environment.

This film serves an inspiration to the "everyman" that is within all of us.


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