No contemporary American Director of any kind can surpass Wiseman’s body of work for its range of sympathy and power and emotion and intelligence… For Wiseman, nothing is mundane, because everything human is deserving of our gaze; everything human is, in the most embracing and secular sense, sacred. No other director has given us as many overpoweringly expressive close-ups of faces in moments of undisguised agony and endurance. Wherever Wiseman points his camera, people’s lives bubble up, as if the intensity of their experience was there all the time, waiting to be grasped.
Wiseman’s films bring the heroic down to manageable size; he’s the most democratic of great movie artists. What is so devastating, finally, in his films is simply the ways in which people play out their days, the way moments of cruelty and evasion alternate, often in the same person, with moments of overwhelming generosity. We realize from Wiseman’s movies how much we know about other people, and how little. The lives we see onscreen come and go, and we want more of them, we want to hold on, because Wiseman’s depth of feeling makes them seem central to our own.
–Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
Upcomings Events & Lectures
SFU Woodwards, 8:30 pm
Thursday September 25, 2014
Vancity Theatre, 10:30 am
Sunday September 28, 2014
Walter Reade Theater
Sunday October 5, 2014
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