Monday, August 15, 2016

DOCUMENTARIAN FREDERICK WISEMAN: CHRONICLER OF THE WESTERN WORLD



Hello there, people, this week's arts and culture piece is on master documentarian Frederick Wiseman, a wonderful power of example for all of us who make a vocation of art, all of us who are aging, and all of us, period.

Here's how the piece begins:

Visions & Voices” is a terrific USC-sponsored arts and humanities initiative. The series features theatrical productions, musical and dance performances, film screenings, lectures and workshops by critically-acclaimed artists and distinguished speakers.

Most of the events are free and open to the public, though seats must be reserved. On Aug. 26, the series will feature world-renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman. Tickets are available online.

At 2 p.m., the conversation will be “The World According to Frederick Wiseman: Beyond Documentary, Into History.”

That evening at 6 p.m., Wiseman — who is 86 — will screen and discuss his most recent film, “National Gallery.”

“Titicut Follies,” Wiseman’s second documentary, remains one of his best-known. In the spring of 1966, he spent 30 days at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Bridgewater, a maximum-security prison for the “criminally insane.” The film was released in the fall of 1967, and though Wiseman had acquired releases from all the depicted patients and staff, an injunction was obtained and the film was not available to the general public until 1989.

Vincent Canby of the New York Times called it “a small, black-and-white picture, laconic, abrasive, occasionally awkward and always compelling.”


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1 comment:

  1. I've seen National Gallery twice now, and never squirmed - its three hours seemed like just one, and left me wanting more. The lack of narration is key.

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