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IN THE CINÉMA CLUB OF… FREDERICK WISEMAN

Boston-born master documentarian Frederick Wiseman has completed nearly one film a year since he first started making films more than five decades ago. Editing all his work himself, the prolific ninety-three-year-old is acclaimed for his epic, empathetic, and engrossing documentation of the inner workings of American institutions. His latest film, the four-hour Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros is a behind-the-scenes look at a three-star Michelin restaurant in rural France, where Wiseman now lives. The film opens at Film Forum today.

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS, Preston Sturges, 1941

Best argument why not to make documentaries.

DUCK SOUP, Leo McCarey, 1933

Best documentary.

LE BONHEUR, Agnès Varda, 1965

Best analysis of how replaceable people are.

GRAND ILLUSION, Jean Renoir, 1937

Best analysis of idiocy of war.

MODERN TIMES, Charles Chaplin, 1936

Best analysis of life in an industrial society.