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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #270 - THE FILMS OF FREDERICK WISEMAN


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#1 of 9 Bill McA

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Posted August 13 2005 - 08:33 AM

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Volume #270 - Fredrerick Wiseman

  Crazy Horse (2011)

Boxing Gym (2010)

La Danse - Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris (2009)

State Legislature (2007)

The Garden (2005)
Domestic Violence 2 (2002)
La Dernière lettre (2002)
Domestic Violence (2001)
Belfast, Maine (1999)
Public Housing (1997)
La Comédie-Française ou L'amour joué (1996)
Ballet (1995)
High School II (1994)
Zoo (1993)
Aspen (1991)
Central Park (1989)
Near Death (1989)
Blind (1987)
Missile (1987)
Adjustment and Work (1986)
Deaf (1986)
Multi-Handicapped (1986)
Racetrack (1985)
The Store (1983)
Model (1980)
Seraphita's Diary (1980)
Manoeuvre (1979)
Sinai Field Mission (1978)
Canal Zone (1977)
Meat (1976)
Welfare (1975)
Primate (1974)
Juvenile Court (1973)
Essene (1972)
Basic Training (1971)
I Miss Sonia Henie (1971)
Hospital (1970) (TV)
Law and Order (1969) (TV)
High School (1968)
Titicut Follies (1967)



       

#2 of 9 Bill McA

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Posted August 13 2005 - 08:34 AM

For those who complain about the current state of documentaries as untruthful, manipulated and/or biased propaganda, the cinema verite documentaries of Frederick Wiseman are what you should be watching.
No interviews, no narration, no 'issues', no editing within scenes...just straight forward fly-on-the-wall examinations of various institutions, those who run them and those who are affected by them.

Wiseman's camera appears to be of the invisible variety, no one seems to be aware of the camera filming them, this allows for some brutally honest scenes and some very disturbing on-camera behavior (the banned for 23 years Titicut Follies being the most notorious).

As dull as these films may sound, they are enormously engaging and emotionally powerful...a clear-eyed look at the world we live in.

Unfortunately, Mr. Wiseman has refused to allow any of his films to be released on video. Film festivals, institutional screenings and public television are the only current venues for accessing his films.
They are well worth seeking out.

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Crazy Horse (2011) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

Boxing Gym (2010) Posted ImagePosted Image    
La Danse - Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris (2009)

State Legislature (2007)

The Garden (2005)
Domestic Violence 2 (2002) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
La Dernière lettre (2002)
Domestic Violence (2001) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Belfast, Maine (1999)
Public Housing (1997) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
La Comédie-Française ou L'amour joué (1996)
Ballet (1995) Posted ImagePosted Image
High School II (1994) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Zoo (1993) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Aspen (1991)
Central Park (1989)
Near Death (1989) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Blind (1987)
Missile (1987)
Adjustment and Work (1986)
Deaf (1986)
Multi-Handicapped (1986)
Racetrack (1985)
The Store (1983)
Model (1980)
Seraphita's Diary (1980)
Manoeuvre (1979)
Sinai Field Mission (1978)
Canal Zone (1977)
Meat (1976)
Welfare (1975)
Primate (1974)
Juvenile Court (1973) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Essene (1972)
Basic Training (1971) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
I Miss Sonia Henie (1971)
Hospital (1970) (TV) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Law and Order (1969) (TV) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
High School (1968) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Titicut Follies (1967) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image


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Frederick Wiseman is the 93rd director in this series that I've seen/met in person
       

#3 of 9 Brook K

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Posted August 13 2005 - 09:38 AM

Haven't seen any. Would really like to especially the notorious Titicut Follies.
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#4 of 9 george kaplan

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Posted August 13 2005 - 12:41 PM

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"Movies should be like amusement parks. People should go to them to have fun." - Billy Wilder

"Subtitles good. Hollywood bad." - Tarzan, Sight & Sound 2012 voter.

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#5 of 9 SteveGon

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Posted August 13 2005 - 02:31 PM

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Unfortunately, Mr. Wiseman has refused to allow any of his films to be released on video.

Well, that would explain why I haven't seen any. Have heard of him, though.

#6 of 9 Martin Teller

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Posted November 30 2006 - 09:48 AM

Titicut Follies (1967) - 7/10

#7 of 9 schmidtt

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Posted January 13 2009 - 03:08 PM

Zipporah Films

FREDERICK WISEMAN

State Legislature (2006)
The Garden (2005)
Domestic Violence 2 (2002)-Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
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Belfast, Maine (1999)
Public Housing (1997)
La Comédie-Française ou L'amour joué (1996)
Ballet (1995)
High School II (1994)
Zoo (1993)
Aspen (1991)
Central Park (1989)
Near Death (1989)-
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Blind (1987)
Missile (1987)
Adjustment and Work (1986)
Deaf (1986)
Multi-Handicapped (1986)
Racetrack (1985)
The Store (1983)
Model (1980)
Seraphita's Diary (1980)
Manoeuvre (1979)
Sinai Field Mission (1978)
Canal Zone (1977)
Meat (1976)-
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Welfare (1975)-Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Primate (1974)
Juvenile Court (1973)-
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Hospital (1970)
Law and Order (1969)-
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Top 5 Wiseman:
1. High School

2. Near Death
3. Welfare

4. Titicut Follies

5. Domestic Violence



#8 of 9 Bill McA

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Posted September 20 2010 - 11:33 AM

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Boxing Gym (2010) Posted ImagePosted Image    
 

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Frederick Wiseman is now the 93rd director in this series that I've seen/met in person
       

#9 of 9 Bill McA

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Posted September 25 2011 - 11:13 AM

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Crazy Horse (2011) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image  



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