Daily activities of the Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, with emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability... See full summary »
WELFARE shows the nature and complexity of the welfare system in sequences illustrating the staggering diversity of problems that constitute welfare: housing, unemployment, divorce, medical... See full summary »
Renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman profiles the doctors, nurses, physicians, and patients at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, as he watches medical staff work around... See full summary »
Frederick Wiseman's "Law and Order" follows the Kansas City Police Department as they operate in an area hard hit by violence during several 1968 race riots. The film's comprised of a series of vignettes, most of which see police, criminals and suspects paraded before our eyes. Wiseman's intention seems to be to simultaneously affirm and undercut social prejudices, the Law at times portrayed as being violent and oppressive, at others sympathetic and vital.
"Law and Order" won an Emmy for Best News Documentary in 1969. This was an era in which lighter film-cameras and portable sound equipment saw a boom in documentary film-making. Wiseman was one of many at the forefront of this explosion. Still, his "Law and Order" is mostly trite. The philosophical and ethical issues of American law enforcement, most of which are intimately tied to land rights, a burgeoning Western capitalism and other complex historical movements, go ignored. The end result is that Wiseman's supposedly "objective" stance unconsciously disguises more deep rooted injustices. His subsequent films would rectify this.
7.5/10 Worth one viewing. See Jean-Xavier de Lestrade's "Murder on a Sunday Morning".
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