Ladies chant “We wish Paul!”—but it surely’s not McCartney they’re swooning over. That is the summer season of 1961, and the Beatles are nonetheless greater than a yr away from recording Love Me Do. As a substitute, the center throb du jour is a 19-year-old child from Canada named Paul Anka. On the Atlantic Metropolis boardwalk, the women line as much as get autographs; a few of them additionally give, or obtain, a kiss. The digicam follows the younger star backstage and into the dressing room. The live performance is about to start out, so Anka clothes hurriedly. We see him in his underwear. Later, he speaks candidly of being “a heavy child” in class and of his dedication to change into what entertainers have been anticipated to be. He misplaced 35 kilos.
“You’ve acquired to have attraction,” he says, wanting virtually straight into the digicam. “You’ve acquired to appear to be you’re in present enterprise—for those who don’t, you’re not going to make it.”
This intimate documentary, named for certainly one of Anka’s greatest hits, known as Lonely Boy, and it was produced and co-directed by a Canadian filmmaker who should be significantly better recognized: Roman Kroitor.
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