27. Frederick Wiseman
Chris Fujiwara

Frederick Wiseman's films deal in two sets of problems. One set has to do with institutional discourses and their inscriptions in the lives of people (and, sometimes, of animals). The other set consists of problems surrounding the act of cinematic witnessing - its powers, functions, and responsibilities. The drama and profundity of Wiseman's cinema lie in the confrontation of Wiseman's rigorous and inventive filmic practice with the various self-contained worlds organized by, around, and for the institutions he examines. Public Housing, a characteristically rich and passionate Wiseman work, takes a detailed view of the struggles of the tenants of a government-subsidized housing project in Chicago to live with dignity. As always, Wiseman's view of society and human behavior is too complex to be reduced to terms such as "optimistic" or "pessimistic." Each scene in Public Housing elaborates questions to which there is no definite answer, and which the viewer of the film must try to resolve over the course of the viewing.

27. フレデリック・ワイズマン