Pucker Up: The Fine Art of Whistling


By turns joyous, wistful, and astonishing, PUCKER UP: The Fine Art of Whistling takes us on a romp through one of the most universal (and now endangered) musical art forms. The 31st Louisburg International Whistling Competition forms the core of this film as a Washington D.C. investment banker, a Dutch social worker, a turkey hauler and others descend on North Carolina to battle for the whistling world's top prize.



2005, USA, 78 minutes
All Rights Available


Throughout the film, moments of high comedy modulate into virtuoso performances of Vivaldi, Mozart and pulsing Texas Swing. While the competition narrows, heading toward a tie-breaking "whistle-off," PUCKER UP pays homage to the glories of whistling's past. Clips from Al Jolson and Harpo Marx to Elvis and Monty Python, reveal how whistling is firmly imprinted in our cultural memory. And commentary by sound-effects legend Fred Newman harkens back to a simpler era when the world had time to pucker up and blow.

As Louisburg judges crown the world's top whistler, a larger question remains. In an age of hand-held technology, will whistling become a lost art, or can it still thrill, soothe, fascinate, and remind us of our natural selves?

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