Anyone seeking a comprehensive portrait of what civilization has been like this past half century should maybe just sit down and watch as many Frederick Wiseman movies as possible.

— A.A. Dowd, A.V. Club

High School

Film • Apr 10

50th Anniversary! Rediscover high school during the 1960s!

Attend gym class, assembly, and sex-ed during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War, a time when shaggy hair or an informal prom dress provoked administrative panic. Widely celebrated as one of the greatest documentary filmmakers of all time, Frederick Wiseman expertly immersed himself in the daily life of teens and their teachers, capturing fumbling attempts at discipline and rebellion (a student is sternly warned about the dangers of individualism) with a humor and disdain that feels as resonant today as it did 50 years ago.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

This film is part of our For the Record series.

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Susan Thorpe and John Baynes

1968. USA. 75 min. NR