1997. USA. Frederick Wiseman. 200 min.
Friday, October 8, 2010, 6:15 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1997. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. As the critic Phillip Lopate observes, “In Public Housing, [Wiseman] has a superabundance of articulate, dramatic, stressed-out subjects. Wherever he points the camera, there is another confrontation between the lower-class, black inhabitants of the projects and the middle-class, mostly black professionals who are there to serve them, help them get on their feet, and, incidentally, police them. Again and again one is struck by the goodwill, resourcefulness, and genuine care shown by the social workers, cops, teachers, nuns, and sex education advisors for their often passive, resigned, rebellious, stoned, felonious charges. Again and again one is made to feel the distance between problems and solutions.” 200 min.