Balancing Acts | Chicago Reader

Balancing Acts

The life of Man-Fong Tong sounds like something out of an absurdist historical novel: born in China, he traveled the world as an acrobat, gave a command performance for Hitler, married a Jewish-Hungarian vaudevillian, and later appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Donna Schatz's DV documentary tells Tong's story through home movies and interviews with him and his sons. Touchingly, the sons recall knowing their globe-trotting father mostly through these home movies. The story is so amazing that this film feels too short by half. 58 min.


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