Five years on, Song Sung Blue remains one of those goose-bumpy little documentaries you just can’t shake. Yes, it’s the story of a swaggering Neil Diamond impersonator named Lightning and his one-legged, angel-voiced wife, Thunder — but don’t expect some kitschy, post-modern mockumentary. This is a true and tragic love story, two doomed, poofy-haired dreamers persisting against all odds.
Director Greg Kohs — in town for tonight’s screening, hopefully with some happy updates — rarely aggrandizes and never belittles his subjects, choosing instead to have them narrate and letting the camera roll and roll (even when all you’re getting out of it is that Thunder’s kids are brats).
Song Sung Blue is inspiring only in the longview; mostly it’s a series of soul-sucking heartaches and letdowns. We’re talking about a relentlessly harsh world where bad luck keeps swooping in for cheap shots and Eddie Vedder turns out to be the only angel of mercy (seriously). I think you’re going to cry.
TONIGHT, Thu., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m., $10, PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 267-519-9651, video-pirates.com, philamoca.org.
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