1983. USA. Frederick Wiseman. 118 min.
Friday, August 6, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1983. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. Together with Racetrack, Aspen, and Central Park, The Store is a masterly study of leisure, consumer culture, and class in America. Wiseman’s wanderings through the showrooms and corporate offices of Neiman-Marcus at Christmastime are both hilarious and depressing. Insatiable need, ostentatious greed, and desperate loneliness hang in the air, as sales clerks smooth-talk rich, insecure Texans into buying furs and jewels and other “indispensable” luxury goods, and employers and management gather together over holiday celebrations filled with sad tinsel decorations and even sadder conversations. 118 min.