1991. USA. Frederick Wiseman. 146 min.
Saturday, August 7, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1991. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. David Denby writes, “[Wiseman] does not, as you would expect, satirize the liberal intellectuals who gather [in Aspen] for high-minded conferences, or the wealthy tourists who show up to ski. Most of the movie, as far as I can tell, is about the year-round residents. Such people live amid transcendent beauty (the frequent, stunning shots of the mountains make that clear), yet we find them seeking transcendence not in nature but in religious services, in counseling and group therapy, in quack medical cures, in cosmetic treatments and surgery. They grasp for comfort. Their repeated assertion that God is everywhere, we begin to think, is produced by the hidden fear that God is nowhere. There is an element of satire in all this, but also a ready sympathy. People, we can see, need community and reassurance even amid the greatest splendor." 146 min.