After pretty much everyone involved with the first project was dead except Jerry and during a weird renaissance of attention to the Beales and Grey Gardens, Albert Maysles recut unused footage from the 1975 original Grey Gardens into a new film that feels even more explicitly exploitative. Great job.
Wrion Bowling joins us today for this documentary about two out of touch and out of mind ex-socialites, which leads to a discussion on whether the Maysles Brothers are exploiting the Beales, whether or not the Maysles Brothers think they're exploiting the Beales, and various multiverse versions of the film that obviously exist because quantum theory.
Wrion is a moviemaker in his own right, and his excellent indie sci-fi psychological thriller Shelter will be available on DVD via Amazon and possibly Walmart and less-probably your local Redbox starting April 21, 2015. My goodness, that's only four days from now!
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.
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.