By Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman is between America's finest documentary filmmakers. The recipient of many awards, together with 3 Emmys, Wiseman has made greater than thirty feature-length documentaries in the course of a occupation that has spanned 5 a long time. jointly, those motion pictures offer a desirable chronicle of yankee social and institutional existence. This publication makes on hand for the 1st time transcriptions of 5 of Wiseman's most crucial films-- Titicut Follies, highschool, Welfare, highschool II, Public Housing--providing all the discussion in addition to annotations approximately different features of the soundtracks akin to track and ambient noise, and notes approximately modifying and digicam stream. those scene-by-scene transcripts permit readers to scrutinize the flicks' advanced structural styles, habitual motifs, modifying regimes, and the unscripted discussion that makes Wiseman's cinema a wealthy repository of yank speech. Editor Barry Keith Grant's serious advent discusses the significance of sound in Wiseman's documentaries. Liberally illustrated with pictures from the flicks, those meticulous transcriptions are followed via a bibliography and filmography.

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25 Titicut Follies third guard (while shaving Jim): How come you got it all dirty last night? Hmm? jim: Colder last—colder than it was yesterday, now, wasn’t it? first guard: What did you say, Jim? jim (voice rising): A little cooler. first guard: Huh? What? third guard: What did you say, Jim? first guard: How’s that room gonna to be tomorrow, Jim? How’s that room gonna be tomorrow, Jim? third guard (stops shaving Jim momentarily until he answers): Hey, how’s that room going to be? jim: Very neat, very clean.

Dr. ross: Please get this jug of water into his [inaudible]. guard: Did you save some for the other guy? dr. ross: Yeah, I’ll need a whiskey. ] guard: Thanks. dr. ross: Very good patient, very nice. guard: Okay, good, Doctor. Here it is, kid, take it off. Hey, that wasn’t bad. He’s a veteran. guard: He’s a good one. [Cut from MS of Dr. Ross removing tube from a prone Malinowski and wiping his face with a towel to MS of Malinowksi’s corpse being fanned by mortician. Cut back to Dr. ] I think he’s been tube-fed before.

They get tired of stockpiling. And then they’re just like a bunch of little kids, they figure they got toys to play with, they’re gonna play with those toys, but at the first chance you get. You wait to 1967, you wait, in 1970s, you’re going to see the greatest nuclear war of all time. In 1967, you’re going to see what happened . . I can tell you how the Vietnam situation got started. prowar inmate: Wait a minute. Vietnam, okay? Those people, the com- 34 Titicut Follies munists, are going to offer them something and they’ll be fooled.

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