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Five Films by Frederick Wiseman


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Acknowledgments Foreword by Frederick Wiseman List of Illustrations Introduction Titicut Follies (1967) High School (1968) Welfare (1975) High School II (1994) Public Housing (1997) Filmography Bibliography

About the Author

Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman (1992), and the editor of Fritz Lang Interviews (2003), Film Genre Reader 3 (2003), John Ford's Stagecoach (2002), and The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film (1996), among other books.


"Fred Wiseman is the perfect example of someone who has created a great canon of films. He is not just a great documentary filmmaker, he is a great filmmaker and artist. He has created some of the wildest, most personal, and oddly expressionistic filmmaking around. His origins are not in the movies but in the theater of the absurd. I imagine his smile of pleasure when the man in Welfare compares his situation to Godot. It's not life imitating art, but a strange admixture of both where the boundary lines between the two are no longer visible. Ultimately, Wiseman has showed us that the ultimate institution is life itself, and properly speaking, we should all be institutionalized." - Errol Morris "Barry Grant has created a monumental resource for the study of a monumental filmmaker." - Ross McElwee, Director, Sherman's March and Bright Leaves"

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