1996. USA. Frederick Wiseman. 223 min.
Thursday, October 14, 2010, 6:15 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1996. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. Founded in Paris in the late seventeenth century, the Comédie-Franççaise is the world’s oldest continuous repertory company in the world. Even today, it remains synonymous with French high culture, and with the highest standards of acting, playwrighting, and dramaturgy. Wiseman was given unprecedented access to observe the inner workings of the Comédie-Française, from seamstresses and technicians toiling away backstage to rehearsals and performances. His fascinating study of the creative process recalls the director’s celebrated films La Danse—The Paris Opera Ballet (2009) and Ballet (1995), as well as La Dernière Lettre (The Last Letter), which Wiseman himself directed for the Comédie-Française in 2000 and adapted into a film two years later. 223 min.