From legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, this epic doc chronicles the efforts of Boston’s city government to meet the needs and demands of the city’s people
Over a career that’s spanned more than five decades and delved into seemingly every facet of American life, Frederick Wiseman (MONROVIA, INDIANA, PFF27) has established himself as the country’s foremost chronicler of systems and institutions, as well as the individuals who run them. In his latest work, Wiseman takes on one of his biggest subjects yet—the city of Boston—and examines in fine-grained detail the ways government employees bring vital services to the city’s people. At the center of this teeming portrait is Marty Walsh, Boston’s affable mayor. In policy meetings and community gatherings, Walsh and the rest of his administration engage with citizens on wide-ranging topics throughout the film, from food shortages and housing inequality to racism and climate change. Beyond the hallows of city hall, Wiseman spends time observing those whose work is less celebrated but who put the city’s policies into practice, such as parking attendants and sanitation workers. In his characteristic patient, unobtrusive style, Wiseman rewards viewers’ attention with a grand-scale relief of city government in all of its complexity, occasional inefficiency, and eternal striving.
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