High School
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Frederick Wiseman, the Boston lawyer who became one of the most important cinema verité documentarians of America in the 1960s, followed his controversial breakthrough Titticut Follies with High School, an in-depth look at another American institution. Eschewing the normal documentary techniques of explanatory titles, visible interviewers, and omniscient narrators, Wiseman worked with a skeleton crew (himself and two others) to almost invisibly film the day-to-day operations of Northeast High School, located in middle class Philadelphia. The result is a stinging critique of the American… More
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