Showing Their Efforts: Frederick Wiseman Discusses "City Hall"

Showing Their Efforts: Frederick Wiseman Discusses
Throughout his nearly 60-year career, legendary nonagenarian filmmaker and Massachusetts native Frederick Wiseman has devoted himself to peeling back the layers of every corner of civic life, no matter how obscure or wonky. From healthcare to housing to community activism, Wiseman’s intimate and inquisitive lens leaves no stone unturned. With his latest film City Hall, he takes us into the public spaces where policies are made, community is fostered, and municipal life chugs along in the city of Boston. Clocking in at four-and-a-half hours, City Hall represents one of Wiseman’s more lengthy endeavors (and that’s saying a lot), but each minute feels just as absorbing as the next. Despite the unglamorous nature of local governance, scenes in which we’re privy to personnel discussions, city council meetings with impassioned constituents, and one-on-one interactions between citizens and city workers, provide the most fascinating and humanist moments, precisely because
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