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City Hall

Directed by Frederick Wiseman
275 minutes
All Ages
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In this epic film, Wiseman continues his lifelong project to observe the myriad activities of America’s institutions – and the challenges they face in the Trump era.
Between autumn 2018 and winter 2019, Wiseman embedded in his hometown and filmed Boston city hall’s day-to-day operations. Tasks range from dealing with parking infringements to stray dogs; community events to waterfront developments; law enforcement to policy making. The most visible face of Boston’s government is Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a former construction worker and union leader. Walsh is a friend to the environment and champion of human rights. His administration’s policies are strikingly at odds with those of then-President Donald Trump. In his trademark observational style, Wiseman captures democracy in action and documents an organisation striving to do the right thing against difficult odds.

Complement your in-cinema viewing of It Takes Time: Ten Films by Frederick Wiseman with a Wiseman Masterclass, hosted for a limited time on ACMI’s online platform, Cinema 3.
This is both one of the best movies of the year and one of the most complete and compelling observations of the inner workings of city government, regardless of medium, that I have ever experienced.
A reminder that government, for all of its speed bumps and snags, can work. It can help. The people running it just have to want it to.
Jason Bailey, The Playlist


Sun 31 Jul
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
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Program Strand
Wiseman Retrospective
All Ages
In English
Frederick Wiseman
Frederick Wiseman, Karen Konicek
John Davey
Frederick Wiseman
Documentary, Cinephile, Politics & Economics, Retrospective
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Zipporah Films, Inc.
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