Salesman

Out to make a "nonfiction feature film" Albert and David Maysles went back to their roots in Boston and their former jobs as door-to-door salesmen. Salesman (1968) follows a group of men trying to sell illuminated Bibles to middle class Catholics with varying degrees of success. It's compelling on multiple levels -- from being a simple character study to an expose on the commercialization of American religion -- and hopefully we hit a few of them.

Gimme Shelter

The "death" of an "era". This week we watch Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin's documentary following the Rolling Stones on their 1969 US Tour culminating in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. Along the way Pat and I talk about the nature of Baby Boomer history and how there just isn't a "biggest band in the world" anymore. At least to our philistine understanding of pop culture.