|IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER? (director/writer: Les Blank; cinematographer: Les Blank; editor: Maureen Gosling; music: Jimmy Sturr, Eddie Blazonzyck, Walt Solekj, Dick Pillar; cast: Dick Pillar, Jimmy Sturr, Walt Solek, Eddie Blazonczyk; Runtime: 51; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Les Blank; Janus Films; 1984)|
tribute film to Polish-American
by Dennis Schwartz
Les Blank's ("A Well Spend Life"/"Sprout Wings
And Fly"/"Dry Wood") joyful tribute film to Polish-American
polka music. It starts in Connecticut, at a New
London beach, in the 1960s, where Dick Pillar, founder
of the Silver
Springs Polkabration, offered polka
music dancing at an event called
"Polkabration." Because of its initial success the
event became an annual 11-day festival during
the summer. Tourists flocked for the dancing, the beer
and to have a good time with the other polka fans.
Incidentally, the Polkabration
has been discontinued in recent years. Other
hotbeds of polka music uncovered were in Pennsylvania,
Chicago, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
film mainly shows people having fun dancing, dressing
up in colorful casual outfits and showing off their
Polish pride. Some interviewed say such dancing
refreshes them to go back to their routine life. The
song made polka famous by Walt Soleky, " "Who
Stole the Kishka?", a sausage, is acted out by
the film's editor Maureen Gosling.
REVIEWED ON 8/4/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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