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Frederick Wiseman

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by M.G. Mailloux Film

City Hall | Frederick Wiseman

What Frederick Wiseman does, at this point, can be boiled down to an easy elevator pitch, which at once vastly undersells the depth and subtle variations of his mode of documentary filmmaking, but also speaks to the consistency of his model. Indeed, the approach…

September 10, 2020
by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film Year in Review

Top 20 Films of 2018

Toxic masculinity had a year; scan the top three titles on this list and you’ll find three films about self-involved men belaboring the value of ‘their art’ — made by three self-involved men belaboring the value of their art. That may seem like a…

December 29, 2018
by Lawrence Garcia Film Horizon Line

Monrovia, Indiana | Frederick Wiseman

Over half a century into Frederick Wiseman’s storied career, the legendary documentarian’s interest in systems — that is, how they function in relation to the persons and spaces that constitute them — is an accepted truism. Following Ex Libris: The New York Public Library,…

September 30, 2018
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Toronto International Film Festival 2018 – Dispatch 3

Our third dispatch from the Toronto International Film Festival (here’s the first and here’s the second) includes our takes on a few hold-overs from this year’s Cannes slate (Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Asako I & II, Gaspar Noe’s Climax, Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun), a couple of mammoth documentaries (Wang Bing’s Dead…

September 13, 2018
by Patrick Devitt Film Horizon Line

Ex Libris | Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman is one of a handful of contemporary filmmakers who can make duration a virtue: Ex Libris uses its staggering, 197-minute runtime to thoroughly examine the institution of the New York Public Library. Going back to the 1960s, Wiseman has proven a master of vivisecting spaces and…

September 13, 2017
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Venice International Film Festival 2017

We have a lot planned for the fall film festival season—including multiple dispatches from the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. But first, a modest precursor spotlighting five noteworthy titles that screened during the season’s initial Big Film Fest. Our sampling of the 2017 Venice International…

September 11, 2017
by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film Year in Review

Top 20 Films of 2014

There were times during this especially tumultuous year when it seemed as if the world at large was on the verge of collapsing. A whole commercial jetliner seemingly disappeared without a trace, leading some ostensibly serious news outlets to put forth honest-to-god inquires about…

December 31, 2014
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