The year was '68. ABC squatted on the third rung of network news -- it would have been fourth if there'd been four networks. The struggling corporation had to come up with something to raise ratings on coverage of the 1968 political conventions, and it came up with pitting Gore Vidal against William F. Buckley Jr.
Nine years in the making, Shane Salerno's documentary "Salinger" tackles that resolutely reclusive, famous writer. Roughly chronological in its exploration of J.D.'s life, "Salinger" uses archival photographs, repeating a couple from WWII, plus the few photos captured by stalkers before Salinger's 2010 death. To this, it adds interviews with two significant women in his life, testimonials, and hokey reenactments.