Before the landmark SALESMAN (1969) and GIMME SHELTER (1970), Albert and David Maysles made SHOWMAN, a rarely screened 1962 documentary about movie mogul Joseph E. Levine. For movie buffs, this inside look at the business offers true value.
SHOWMAN tracks Levine's busy excursions during his promotion for TWO WOMEN (1960), a Vittorio De Sica drama starring Sophia Loren. Despite the refined nature of TWO WOMEN, Levine publicizes the film with the same fanfare he used to make HERCULES (1957), another Italian-financed production, into a
huge worldwide hit. Levine is also seen making deals and holding budget meetings in Hollywood. Next, Levine travels to Cannes, wher...