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The Man Who Would Be Polka King (2009)

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5 June 2009 (USA)  »

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$225,000 (estimated)

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The polka singer who would be Bernie Medoff
28 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hey, In all honesty, I tuned into this on hulu.com as a goof. Needed some frivolous divertissement and figured "what can be goofier than a polka band?" Instead, I watched a local tragedy of sorts that involves a rigged Mrs Pennsylvania beauty contest, a crash of a tour bus in Florida and the destruction of an individual who may or may not have it coming. The best stories to me aren't the epics of kings and presidents but of usual lives in difficult situations and this documentary focuses on a Polish immigrant who makes his name in the polka community of Pennsylvania and then branches out. Once nominated for a Grammy in the now defunct Best Polka Album in 1995, Jan Lewan would get involved in selling promissory notes with interest returns not unlike Bernie Medoff. The story doesn't end well and it's a fascinating look at a slice of life most of us have no experience with and probably even less interest in. The American Dream gone bad, I suppose. It's a low-budget documentary and, frankly, the home-made aspect of the film adds to the charm of this bizarre story. At just over an hour, it makes its point without wasting one's time.

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