DFT @ Home | Tiny Tim: King for a Day
(USA/Denmark/Sweden/2020—directed by Johan Von Sydow)
If the young, New York-born Herbert Khaury was the ultimate outcast, then his meteoric, TV-fueled rise to stardom as recording artist Tiny Tim is the ultimate fairytale. So, alas, was his downfall. Considered either an unbearable freak or an utterly original entertainment phenomenon, Tiny Tim, whose megahit “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” debuted in 1968 on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, left no one unaffected.
Over 45 million Americans watched his wedding to the 17-year-old “Miss Vicki” on The Tonight Show, and over time his flamboyant personality has been celebrated by the likes of Bob Dylan. There were plans and hopes that Tiny Tim would be a lasting star, not just a novelty, but one man ruined these plans: Tiny Tim. Though often characterized as curio, Khaury was by all measures an exceptional interpreter of early American popular song, and his story is one of near-Shakespearean tragedy framed around a lovably bizarre public persona.
Thanks to extensive interviews with family and friends, plus exclusive access to Tiny Tim’s diaries, which have never before been made public, this new documentary, narrated by “Weird Al” Yankovic, reveals the untold, surprisingly powerful story of one of the most fascinating yet misunderstood figures in the history of popular music. (87 minutes)
"The finest docs make you realize how much we needed a film on a particular subject. And that rule couldn’t apply more to Tiny Tim: King for a Day.” -David Browne, Rolling Stone
"An enticing new documentary about the ultimate freak superstar... It captures the oddball beauty of the weirdest star in the counterculture galaxy." -Owen Glieberman, Variety
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