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Wiseman, Frederick

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Five films by Frederick Wiseman by Barry Keith Grant( )

18 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wiseman is among America's foremost documentary filmmakers. The recipient of many awards, including three Emmys, he has made over 30 feature-length documentaries during a career that has spanned five decades. Together, these films provide a fascinating chronicle of American social and institutional life
Titicut follies by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

82 editions published between 1967 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater, this documentary shows harsh scenes of the life and treatment of the criminally insane inmates. Shows scenes of the daily life of the men, interspersed with shots from the inmates' talent show
High school by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

44 editions published between 1968 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

HIGH SCHOOL was filmed at a large urban high school in Philadelphia. The film documents how the school system exists not only to pass on "facts" but also transmits social values from one generation to another. HIGH SCHOOL presents a series of formal and informal encounters between teachers, students, parents, and administrators through which the ideology and values of the school emerge.. Chosen for preservation by the National Film Preservation Board.. "HIGH SCHOOL, a wicked, brilliant documentary about life in a lower-middle-class secondary school." – Richard Schickel, Life. "HIGH SCHOOL shows no stretching of minds. It does show the overwhelming dreariness of administrators and teachers who confuse teaching with discipline. The school somehow takes warm, breathing teen-agers and tries to turn them into 40-year old mental eunuchs… No wonder the kids turn off, stare out windows, become surly, try to escape… The most frightening thing about ‘HIGH SCHOOL’ is that it captures the battlefield so clearly; the film is too true." – Peter Janssen, Newsweek
National Gallery by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

39 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frederick Wiseman's NATIONAL GALLERY takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. NATIONAL GALLERY is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. Nominated for Best Documentary Film at the César Awards. "Indeed, he's America's foremost practitioner of documentary-as-metaphor, building sweeping arguments of small details."--Ben Kenigsberg, "This is one of Wiseman's richest and most thought-provoking films, and easily one of his best." -Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
High School II by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

38 editions published between 1994 and 2018 in English and French and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about Central Park East Secondary School (CPESS), a successful alternative high school in New York's Spanish Harlem. Ninety-five percent of the school's graduates go on to four-year colleges
Welfare by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

37 editions published between 1975 and 2018 in English and French and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

WELFARE shows the nature and complexity of the welfare system in sequences illustrating the staggering diversity of problems that constitute welfare: housing, unemployment, divorce, medical and psychiatric problems, abandoned and abused children, and the elderly. These issues are presented in a context where welfare workers as well as clients struggle to cope with and interpret the laws and regulations that govern their work and life.. "I wish all the public, as well as all legislators and politicians, could see this film. It could have been made in any urban area in the United States…" – James R. Dumpson, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Welfare, in Better Times. "WELFARE is an inside look at one of the key institutions around which society functions… and like his other films it is profoundly disturbing, especially for those with preconceptions … As Wiseman’s film shows, a welfare centre is a battleground with the poor fighting desperately against a complex web of Catch 22 regulations that can defeat even the strongest and cleverest… An amazing film." – Ken Wlaschin, London Film Festival Program, 1975
At Berkeley by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and German and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system, is also one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world. The film, At Berkeley, shows the major aspects of university life, its intellectual and social mission, its obligation to the state and to larger ideas of higher education, as well as illustrates how decisions are made and implemented by the administration in collaboration with its various constituencies
Missile by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

22 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Missile documents the 14-week training of the Air Force officers who, if ordered, will launch the nuclear firepower of the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles
Domestic violence by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE shows the Tampa, Florida, police responding to domestic violence calls and the work of The Spring, the principal shelter in Tampa for women and children. Sequences with the police include police response, intervention, and attempted resolution of domestic violence calls.. Sequences at the shelter include intake interviews, individual counseling sessions, anger management training, group therapy, staff meetings, conversations among clients and between clients and staff, and school activities, therapy and counseling for children at the shelter.. "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE examines the ambiguous nature of human bonds, the nightmare versions of romance and family love. Virtually all the people we see, male and female, insist that they love the ones they torment." – David Denby, The New Yorker. "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is ultimately the most compassionate of all the Wiseman films. We come out of it feeling that change is possible, even as the film circles back to where it started." – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
La danse : le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

46 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the rehearsals and performances of seven ballets: Genus by Wayne McGregor, Medea by Angelin Preljocaj, The House of Bernarda Alba by Mats Ek, Paquita by Pierre Lacotte, The Nutcracker by Rudolph Nureyev, Orpheus and Eurydice by Pina Bausch, and Romeo and Juliet by Sasha Waltz. The film shows the work involved in administering the company and the coordinated and collaborative work of choreographers, ballet masters, dancers, musicians, and costume, set, and lighting designers
Public housing by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

24 editions published between 1997 and 2018 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PUBLIC HOUSING documents daily life at the Ida B. Wells public housing development in Chicago. The film illustrates some of the experiences of people living in conditions of extreme poverty.. Events shows include the work of the tenants council, street life, the role of police, job training programs, drug education, teenage mothers, dysfunctional families, elderly residents, nursery school and after school teenage programs and the activities of the city, state and federal governments in maintaining and changing public housing.. Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.. "Issues that are all too familiar -- drugs, crime, teenage pregnancy, the frustrations caused by government red tape -- take on new immediacy thanks to the extraordinary intimacy of Mr. Wiseman's working methods. Through one revealing, well-chosen episode after another, he succeeds in turning sad generalities into powerfully affecting specifics." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Law & Order by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

32 editions published between 1969 and 2018 in English and French and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LAW & ORDER surveys the wide range of work the police are asked to perform: enforcing the law, maintaining order, and providing general social services. The incidents shown illustrate how training, community expectations, socio-economic status of the subject, the threat of violence, and discretion affect police behavior.. Winner of Outstanding Achievement in News Documentary Programming at the Primetime Emmy Awards.. "LAW & ORDER was the most powerful hour and a half of television that I’ve seen all year…" - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker. "… A vivid impression of (the policemen’s) working lives and through this a complex sense of what it means to be in their position in a large American city… There is the implicit threat of violence in any radio call. Moreover, the cops are expected to dispose of countless routine problems — drunks, accidents, family quarrels — that can’t be ‘solved’ to anyone’s satisfaction and that most ‘decent’ people don’t want to touch." – Gary Arnold, The Washington Post
Model by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

25 editions published between 1980 and 2018 in English and French and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MODEL shows male and female models at work on TV commercials, fashion shows, magazine covers, and advertising for a variety of products, including designer collections, fur coats, sports clothes and automobiles. The models are seen at work with photographers whose techniques illustrate different styles of fashion and product photography.. The business aspect of running an agency is also shown: interviewing prospective models, career counseling, arranging portfolios, talking with clients, and planning trips. The film presents a view of the intersections of fashion, business, advertising, photography, television and fantasy.. "We have all the fascination of looking into another world and none of the annoyance of being told what to think about it… his camera, like the eye, is not merely passive. It has the power to focus on something particular, to observe it and to be the means of our intelligence about it… MODEL is as much about methods of photography and filming which are, in varying degrees, in contrast to his own, as it is about the world of models." - Mary Frazier, Times Literary Supplement. "In MODEL, he shows us the business side of an agency, photography sessions, models talking, playing, and wasting time. He highlights the mad perfectionism of TV-commercial- makers —rehearsals, retakes, huge crews, anxieties, tantrums, and exhaustion, all for a few seconds of film selling hosiery." - David Denby, New York Magazine
The store by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

28 editions published between 1983 and 2018 in English and French and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Store is a film about the main Neiman-Marcus store and corporate headquarters in Dallas. The sequences in the film include the selection, presentation, marketing, pricing, advertising and selling of a vast array of consumer products including designer clothes and furs, jewelry, perfumes, shoes, electronic products, sportswear, china and porcelain and many other goods. The internal management and organizational aspects of a large corporation are shown, i.e., sales meetings, development of marketing and advertising strategies, training, personnel practices and sales techniques.. "... Witnessing how an establishment deftly caters to such appetites makes for an engrossing spectacle... Only Wiseman seems able to consistently capture those tiny, illuminating surprises that stay with us long after he's through with us." - Harry F. Waters, Newsweek. "He has delved deeply and wisely into seemingly superficial subject matter and come up with a subtly informative -- and incidentally entertaining -- tract that will likely be of sociological importance for generations to come." - Arthur Unger, The Christian Science Monitor
Ballet by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

BALLET is a profile of the American Ballet Theatre, an important classical ballet company. The film presents the company in rehearsal in their New York studio and on tour in Athens and Copenhagen. Choreographers, ballet masters and mistresses are shown at work with principal dancers, soloists and the corps de ballet. Other sequences involve the administration and fundraising aspects of the company.. "BALLET is an eloquent statement about the crucial role of art in bringing extra dimensions to our lives … As much as any seminarian, dancers have a special calling, an intense dedication. In classes and rehearsals, we see youngsters with ideal bodies looking for direction from those who have gone before. Outside the studios, they are just ordinary young people going to the beach… Then the lights go down, the curtain goes up and they are transformed into the vessels of incredible beauty." - John J. O'Connor, The New York Times. "BALLET, in its characteristic unadorned, unsentimentalized manner, remains unique, and its portrait of ballet dancers at work has no parallel." - Alan M. Kriegsman, The Washington Post
Domestic Violence 2 by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2 takes place in the arraignment, misdemeanor, and injunction courts in Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida. The courts deal with issues such as bail bonds, release pending trial, the specific context of injunctions regulating time and place of parental visits, restraining orders, contact with children, support payments, and the court's decision about fault and punishment. The judges and lawyers ask questions which elicit the stories of couples' relationships and the specific form of violence between them.. "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2 takes place in a series of Tampa courtrooms, where judges try to devise instant and, they hope, permanent solutions to problems that have often been generations in the making." – David Edelstein, The New York Times. "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2 focuses mainly on the legal side of the issue. The judges are forced to make life-changing decisions about relationships in a matter of minutes. It’s a relentless exploration of a problem that seems horrifically common." – James Heflin, The Valley Advocate
Belfast, Maine by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

BELFAST, MAINE is a film about ordinary experience in a beautiful old New England port city. It is a portrait of daily life with particular emphasis on the work and the cultural life of the community.. Among the activities shown in the film are the work of lobstermen, tug-boat operators, factory workers, shop owners, city counselors, doctors, judges, policemen, teachers, social workers, nurses and ministers. Cultural activities include choir rehearsal, dance class, music lessons and theatre production.. "If Wiseman were a painter, he’d be a pointillist. He groups tiny daubs of color together, working meticulously across a wide canvas. It’s only when you stand back that you see a massive mural taking shape — a mural that tells the story of a town, a society, a whole species." – Matt Zoller Seitz, Newark Star Ledger. "BELFAST, MAINE…conveys a deeply emotional sense of place, season and time of day. In contrasting the breathtaking landscape with the troubled lives of many of those living there, it reminds us that the fleeting beauties of the natural world — the simple pleasures available to all — are among life’s deepest consolation." – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Central Park by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

15 editions published between 1989 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

CENTRAL PARK is a film about the famous New York City landmark and the variety of ways in which people make use of it: running, boating, walking, skating, music, theatre, sports, picnics, parades and concerts. The film also illustrates the complex problems the New York City Parks Department deals with in order to maintain and preserve the park and keep it open and accessible to the public.. "His film… is a fine medium for understanding New York itself, how it needs the park and how the park means different things to different people… It is a lab for bird-watchers, gardeners and dinosaur lovers… It is a public commons for ideas… and exiles… and artists… It is a huge repository for every imaginable sport: Wiseman peruses over remote-control boat racing, lawn bowling, tai chi, marathon races, cross-country skiing and acres full of tennis players." – Robert Koehler, Los Angeles Times. "One of the most accessible and salutary films ever made by master documentarian Frederick Wiseman… ‘CENTRAL PARK’ celebrates not the Earth but the 840 acres of it in the middle of Manhattan where New Yorkers retreat and repair and lapse into modes of behavior one might actually classify as civilized.… Wiseman is one of the great filmmakers of our time." – Tom Shales, The Washington Post
Blind by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary showing the educational programs and daily life of students in kindergarten through the 12th grade at the Alabama School for the Blind. The school is organized around the effort to educate blind and visually impaired students to be in charge of their own lives. Sequences in the film include mobility training, braille instruction and orientation as well as traditional classroom subjects such as English, history, science and music. Other sequences show psychological counseling sessions; vocational training; staff dealing with student disciplinary problems; and the wide variety of recreational and athletic programs
State Legislature by Frederick Wiseman( Visual )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and French and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

STATE LEGISLATURE shows the day-to-day activities of the Idaho Legislature during an entire session. Lobbyists, lawmakers and their constituents are seen debating and discussing the concerns of the electorate, on issues that range from violence in schools, mad cow disease and video voyeurism to illegal immigration, secondhand smoke and the deregulation of telephone rates. The film is an example of the achievements, values, constraints and limitations of the democratic process.. "Every scene builds a profound, still-blossoming story about liberty and the democratic process . . . this film is valuable to disaffected skeptics, too, because Wiseman reveals how ordinary people wrestle to make our law . . ." - Dan Popkey, The Idaho Stateman
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Five films by Frederick Wiseman
Voyages of discovery : the cinema of Frederick WisemanFrederick Wiseman
Alternative Names
Frederick Wiseman Amerikaans filmregisseur

Frederick Wiseman réalisateur américain

Frederick Wiseman regista statunitense

Frederick Wiseman US-amerikanischer Jurist, Filmregisseur und -produzent

Visemanas Frederikas

Wiseman, Fred

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Wisemanas Frederickas

Φρέντερικ Γουάιζμαν

Фредерик Вайсман

فردریک وایزمن فیلمنامه‌نویس، تهیه‌کننده، و کارگردان آمریکایی

와이즈만, 프레데릭 1930-

와이즈먼, 프레더릭 1930-

프레더릭 와이즈먼


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