New Frederick Wiseman on PBS Tonight

by tully
June 13, 2007 2:42 AM
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I love Frederick Wiseman. I would watch the most seemingly grotesque and/or boring subject matter provided it was presented by the legendary documentarian. Tonight brings us a new Wiseman film, STATE LEGISLATURE. The following description is taken from the Zipporah Films website:

"STATE LEGISLATURE shows the day-to-day activities of the Idaho Legislature, including committee meetings, debates of the House and Senate, informal discussions, meetings with lobbyists, constituents, the public and the press. The workings of a democratic government are not of interest solely to Americans, but, because so many countries in the world are currently trying to adopt a democratic form of government, the issues presented have relevance on a global scale. The film is an example of the achievements, values, constraints and limitations of the democratic process."

When I was eight years old, the thought of watching a three-and-a-half hour documentary on the above subject matter was slightly more appealing than murdering and eating our family dog. But now that I know better, I can appreciate this moment for what it is, a genuine television event.

It's on PBS at 9pm where I live, but check your local listings to make sure you don't miss it. Or DVR it for another day.

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  • steve | June 15, 2007 1:37 AMReply

    Thanks for the heads up Michael. I had no idea. I won't miss it.

  • Dentler | June 14, 2007 1:13 AMReply

    Did you know that his wife, Zipporah, teaches law at the University of Texas?