City Hall


City Hall

Swiss Premiere
Frederick Wiseman / United States / 2020 / 275 min / Documentary
English / Subtitles French

The immense Frederick Wiseman takes his camera around the various departments of Boston City Hall, where he records the way in which the State assists citizens in their daily lives. From this human odyssey, he creates the most beautiful love letter ever to a public service.

“My movies are about institutions. The place is the star.” Wiseman visits the location one day before shooting, then sets up his camera. He calls it “research”. This 45th movie by the great filmmaker who produces, shoots, records the sound and edits his films, immerses us into the belly of his hometown. Here, in Boston’s City Hall. Marty Walsh, an atypical Democrat mayor, is working to implement a social, cultural and egalitarian policy. Thrilling!

Frederick Wiseman
Frederick Wiseman
John Davey
Frederick Wiseman
Frederick Wiseman
Zipporah Films (Karen Konicek), Zipporah Films (Frederick Wiseman), Puritan Films
Marty Walsh
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