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.