Frederick Wiseman: On Documentary

September 13–30, 2018

BAMPFA is honored by a visit from Wiseman, whose incisive, wide-ranging explorations of complex institutions have set a standard for nonfiction filmmaking.

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  • La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

  • High School

  • Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

  • Belfast, Maine

  • Upcoming
    Films
  • Past
    Films
  • Past
    Events

Upcoming Films

  • La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

    Frederick Wiseman
    France, United States, 2009
    • Thursday, September 13 7 PM
    • Friday, September 21 3:30 PM

    Wiseman “haunts the stairways, rehearsal rooms, and watery subterranean corridors of the Palais Garnier. . . . It’s a joyous experience to see an institution in full flower” (New Yorker).

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  • Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

    Frederick Wiseman
    United States, 2017
    • Saturday, September 22 2 PM

    Wiseman’s latest documentary provides welcome confirmation of the survival of intelligent life in discouraging times, following the work behind and beyond the books at the New York Public Library.

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  • An Evening with Frederick Wiseman


    • Thursday, September 27 7 PM

    In this lecture illustrated with clips from his films, Wiseman talks about the intellectual, aesthetic, and practical decisions involved in making a documentary. Don’t miss this chance to hear a great filmmaker speak in depth about his work.

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  • High School

    Frederick Wiseman
    United States, 1969
    • Friday, September 28 3:30 PM
    Frederick Wiseman in Person

    Wiseman’s documentary on a large urban high school in Philadelphia got to the core of American conformity and conditioning; seen as an antiestablishment indictment in the Vietnam War era, it has only gained resonance with age.

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  • Belfast, Maine

    Frederick Wiseman
    United States, 1999
    • Sunday, September 30 2 PM

    A beautiful portrait of ordinary life in a New England port town, Belfast, Maine is “an immensely rich and immeasurably valuable microcosm of American life at the end of the twentieth century [and] a microcosm of Wiseman’s art” (The Nation). 

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Past Films

  • La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

    • Thursday, September 13 7 PM
    • Friday, September 21 3:30 PM
    Frederick Wiseman
    France, United States, 2009

    Wiseman “haunts the stairways, rehearsal rooms, and watery subterranean corridors of the Palais Garnier. . . . It’s a joyous experience to see an institution in full flower” (New Yorker).