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What's your favorite by Frederick Wiseman?

Haven't seen any
6 (33.3%)
Don't like any
1 (5.6%)
Titicut Follies
2 (11.1%)
High School
2 (11.1%)
Law and Order
0 (0%)
Hospital
0 (0%)
Basic Training
0 (0%)
I Miss Sonia Henie
0 (0%)
Essene
0 (0%)
Juvenile Court
0 (0%)
Primate
0 (0%)
Welfare
1 (5.6%)
Meat
0 (0%)
Canal Zone
0 (0%)
Sinai Field Mission
0 (0%)
Manoeuvre
0 (0%)
Model
0 (0%)
Seraphita's Diary
0 (0%)
The Store
0 (0%)
Racetrack
0 (0%)
Multi-Handicapped
0 (0%)
Deaf
0 (0%)
Adjustment For Work
0 (0%)
Blind
0 (0%)
Missile
0 (0%)
Near Death
0 (0%)
Central Park
0 (0%)
Aspen
0 (0%)
Zoo
0 (0%)
High School II
0 (0%)
Ballet
1 (5.6%)
La Comédie-Française ou L'amour joué
0 (0%)
Public Housing
0 (0%)
Belfast, Maine
0 (0%)
Domestic Violence
0 (0%)
The Last Letter
0 (0%)
Domestic Violence 2
0 (0%)
The Garden
0 (0%)
State Legislature
1 (5.6%)
La danse
3 (16.7%)
Boxing Gym
0 (0%)
Crazy Horse
0 (0%)
At Berkeley
0 (0%)
The Last Letter/Zyklon Portrait/The Walnut Tree
0 (0%)
National Gallery
1 (5.6%)
In Jackson Heights
0 (0%)

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Author Topic: Wiseman, Frederick  (Read 2640 times)

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Re: Wiseman, Frederick
« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2016, 09:22:17 PM »
Is it Moby Dick they're discussing in the classroom scene?

Yeah, Moby Dick and the horrors and bravery of whaling and Melville's dark days and cynicism in the American dream (counter to Emerson and Thoreuax). It's a good little lecture, tying into the overall film almost too neatly — something that would annoy me in a fiction films but awes me in a documentary. The teacher even draws comparison to Death of a Salesman, saying that Miller often gets credit for creating the first working class tragic hero, but it was really Melville with Ahab, a fisherman from Nantucket.

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Re: Wiseman, Frederick
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2016, 09:25:01 PM »
something that would annoy me in a fiction films but awes me in a documentary.
I'm familiar with this. There should be a word for it.
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Re: Wiseman, Frederick
« Reply #32 on: October 20, 2017, 06:47:11 PM »
EX LIBRIS - The New York Public Library
As someone who always has the max number of books and CDs checked out (bunch of DVDs, Blus often) and spends maybe at least 2 hours weekly in libraries looking through sh*t, attending workshops/lectures, etc., this was just all kinds of amazing.  F*ck yes. 
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Re: Wiseman, Frederick
« Reply #33 on: October 21, 2017, 11:46:44 AM »
La Danse, 50°
I might remember it all differently tomorrow.

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Re: Wiseman, Frederick
« Reply #34 on: November 14, 2017, 10:47:13 PM »
EX LIBRIS - The New York Public Library
As someone who always has the max number of books and CDs checked out (bunch of DVDs, Blus often) and spends maybe at least 2 hours weekly in libraries looking through sh*t, attending workshops/lectures, etc., this was just all kinds of amazing.  F*ck yes.
Consider me pumped.
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Re: Wiseman, Frederick
« Reply #35 on: November 14, 2017, 11:39:04 PM »
It's killing me that I haven't been able to see that yet. Thank god for local news exposes about public libraries as drug dens and sex clubs. Tiding me over.

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Re: Wiseman, Frederick
« Reply #36 on: November 15, 2017, 07:11:36 AM »
As usual, Wiseman films are hard to access. I know sometimes they come on PBS but who watches TV these days?

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Re: Wiseman, Frederick
« Reply #37 on: November 17, 2017, 10:05:02 PM »
It's insane to me that Wiseman is so cagey about his own work. I haven't seen a single film of his. I live in LA, but I don't think there's a single retrospective on him. He won't release his works on streaming. I can't get them from the library. The only way is to buy a DVD of a single work for $30+.

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« Reply #38 on: November 17, 2017, 10:09:02 PM »
It's insane to me that Wiseman is so cagey about his own work. I haven't seen a single film of his. I live in LA, but I don't think there's a single retrospective on him. He won't release his works on streaming. I can't get them from the library. The only way is to buy a DVD of a single work for $30+.

Get to work.

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Re: Wiseman, Frederick
« Reply #39 on: November 19, 2017, 06:13:35 PM »
Is that a legal place?
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