‘City Hall’ Trailer: Frederick Wiseman’s Boston Portrait Is a Microcosm of America

‘City Hall’ Trailer: Frederick Wiseman’s Boston Portrait Is a Microcosm of America
Titicut Follies,” “High School,” “Ex Libris,” “In Jackson Heights,” and so many more. Documentary master Frederick Wiseman, at 90 years old, has turned out many of the greatest nonfiction films of all time — patiently unfolding, intimate, and deeply researched portraits of places and people, and what they can tell us about American life on a grander scale. His 43rd film, “City Hall” immerses audiences in the municipality of his hometown of Boston to illustrate a government taking care of its diverse citizens, all against the backdrop of an eroding democracy in the United States. Exclusive to IndieWire, watch the first trailer for the film below.

The four-and-a-half-hour “City Hall” first debuted out of competition at the Venice Film Festival in September, followed by a North American premiere in Toronto this month, and then landing at the New York Film Festival, long a favorite venue for Wiseman’s works. Here’s an
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