The ultimate death knell for '60s idealism sounded on November 18, 1978, at Jonestown, Guyana, where Reverend Jim Jones and more than 900 acolytes of
his Peoples Temple destroyed their utopian aims in a paroxysm of paranoia,
murder, and mass suicide. The conventional PBS formatting of Stanley
Nelson's documentary only makes Jones' rise from Indiana pet monkey
salesman to pansexual socialist megalomaniac more surreal -- and heartbreaking, given the noble early goals described by still-dazed survivors. In the end, there's just the grim evidence of the doc's horrifying last half-hour, the
on-camera slaughter of a dream: history as Cannibal Holocaust.
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple