Public Housing
Public Housing (1997)

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (High School) continues to examine American institutions. At 200 minutes, this is a lengthy look at poverty in Chicago's Ida B. Wells public housing development, where cameras captured addiction… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 4, 1997
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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Issues that are all too familiar -- drugs, crime, teen-age pregnancy, the frustrations caused by government red tape -- take on a new immediacy thanks to the extraordinary intimacy of Mr. Wiseman's working methods.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Wiseman presents a wide array of materials, and because you have to reflect on the film to realize how the various pieces of its design hang together, you're liable to be thinking about it months afterward.

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Marc Mohan

About three hours long, the film takes the time it needs to demonstrate the complexities and frustrations between the residents and the governmental agencies supposedly set up to help them.

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