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'Tiny Tim: King for a Day’ Gives the 1960s Musical Eccentric the Royal Treatment

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An Enticing Documentary About the Ultimate Freak Superstar

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Tiny Tim documentary lifts curtain on misunderstood singer.

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"King for a Day” is never less than riveting. Seeing Tiny Tim for a few seconds in a “Laugh-In” or “Tonight Show” retrospective makes him look like an inexplicable oddity. Watching him for 75 minutes should leave audiences wanting more.

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One of the best things about Fantasia is that you can always count on finding an excellent documentary—last year it was “Phantom of Winnipeg,” and this year it’s “Tiny Tim: King for a Day.” The documentary is lovingly and efficiently put together by director John von Sydow, who covers the life story of the high-voiced, ukulele-strumming, "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" entertainer within a 75-minute run-time, while giving careful attention to each of the saga's different shades of black. As the film’s recollects Tiny Tim’s ascent to pop culture stardom and immediate fall, von Sydow’s documentary becomes all the more heartbreaking and unforgettable.

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The memorable archival footage, exclusive access to Tiny Tim’s intense diaries, the playful and powerful animations and the interviews with his family and friends makes this film not only a captivating portrait of one of the oddest stars the world has ever seen, but also a psychological drama, examining the borderline between insanity and geniality.

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Overall, it's a great place to start if you want to learn more about the American legend who was Tiny Tim.

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Viewing KING FOR A DAY is a hypnotic experience.

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Johan von Sydow Discusses His Documentary ‘Tiny Tim: King for a Day’

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