FLASHBACK by SNS Sastry & HOSPITAL by Frederick Wiseman <at> "THE fd ZONE" ON 25TH MAY 2013, SAT 4 PM <at> FILMS DIVISION, MUMBAI
2013-05-22 06:24:17 GMT
ON 25TH MAY 2013, SAT 4 PM <at> FILMS DIVISION, MUMBAI
Who is Frederick Wiseman? The Dan David Prize citation sums it up all, 'Frederick Wiseman is widely acclaimed as the most important person ever to lift a camera for documentary filmmaking. His first film, 1967's Titicut Follies, remade the whole genre of nonfiction film, introducing path-breaking innovations such as the lack of a narrator, a spare and honest cinematography and a narrative line that resembled a Hollywood film in its dramatic development, even though the story was entirely true. He has influenced thousands of film directors and producers....In all of his work, Wiseman makes us reckon with our emotions, the cost to society of marginalizing those who cannot speak for themselves.
Pankaj Rishi Kumar will introduce the film and moderate a discussion after the films.
FLASHBACK by SNS Sastry
The film is a survey of the documentary film movement in India seen against the general back ground of documentary film making. We hear views Sukhdev and Sastry before the emergency and close to the end of their lives talking about documentary...
HOSPITAL by Frederick Wiseman
Synopsis: HOSPITAL shows the daily activities of a large urban hospital with the emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations, and the nature of communication among the staff and patients affect the delivery of appropriate health care.
Wiseman's films are studies of social institutions, (42 till date): for example, hospital, high school, police department, criminal justice system, asylum, academy ... Two of his films, High School and Welfare, have been designated National Treasures by the U.S. Library of Congress.
He works only four to six weeks in the institutions he portrays, with almost no preparation. He spends the bulk of the production period editing the material, trying to find a rhythm to make a “movie.”
'[My films are] based on un-staged, un-manipulated actions... The editing is highly manipulative and the shooting is highly manipulative... What you choose to shoot, the way you shoot it, the way you edit it and the way you structure it... all of those things... represent subjective choices that you have to make... The compression within a sequence represents choice and then the way the sequences are arranged in relationship to the other represents choice. All aspects of documentary filmmaking involve choice and are therefore manipulative. But the ethical ... aspect of it is that you have to ... try to make a film that is true to the spirit of your sense of what was going on. ... My view is that these films are biased, prejudiced, condensed, compressed but fair. I think what I do is make movies that are not accurate in any objective sense, but accurate in the sense that I think they're a fair account of the experience I've had in making the movie.' -- Frederick Wiseman
I am here reminded of a Wiseman comment, on the impossibility of capturing and classifying reality: “Everybody’s running around with a butterfly net in their hand trying to capture smaller or larger aspects of it... but the butterfly keeps getting out of the net ...”
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25TH MAY 2013, SAT 4 PM <at> FILMS DIVISION, MUMBAI
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