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Frederick Wiseman - Philosophy, Process and Style, Filmography


Documentary film-maker, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. After teaching law, he turned to making his own distinctive style of documentaries, starting with Titicut Follies (1967) and continuing through a long series that focused on American institutions, such as Model (1980), and then increasingly on broader experiences, as in Near Death (1989). The hallmark of a Wiseman documentary is its apparently non-intrusive ability simply to record on film and in sound the minutiae of the subject and to leave all interpretation to the viewer. He formed his own film company, and in later years accepted commissions from television companies and other organizations.

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