Lonely Boy (1962)

17 Dec
Director   Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor
Producer   National Film Board of Canada
Contributors   Editors, John Spotton, Guy L. Côté
Length   27 min
B&W/Color   color
UO Library Catalog description:  Describes the rise to fame of Paul Anka, a young Canadian songwriter and singer. Presents a candid look at the popular singer from both sides of the footlights, discussing the reaction of American teenagers and other fans, telling how his manager feels about him, and what he thinks about himself.
Call # FILM Mc140
Genre  documentary
Rare  no
Online  no
Copyright status  protected
Physical condition  good
Oregon-related  no


With an astounding eye for detail, directors Wolf Koenig and Roman Kroitor capture the minutia of the day-to-day life of teen heart throb Paul Anka during the glory days of his early career — everything from his screaming adolescent fans to his sleazy managers. Lonely Boy, a direct cinema documentary, was undoubtedly one of the greatest films from the NFB’s Unit B. It represented a major development in the Candid Eye approach (from an emphasis on re cording the external appearance of things to a more probing, quizzical style) while retaining the essentially humanistic world view of the Unit B filmmakers.”

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