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.
The chief characteristic of all Wiseman’s films and the source of their tremendous emotional impact is his instinctive sympathy for people who must confront the specific, human effects of vast, impersonal human social forces…
–Richard Schickel, Life
It is as open and revealing as filmed experience has ever been. You look misery in the eye and you realize there’s nothing to be afraid of… By the end we are so thoroughly involved… that tears well up, because we simply have no other means of responding to the intensity of this plain view of the ordinary activities in Metropolitan Hospital.
–Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
Wiseman Retrospective at Film Forum Repertory
Educationalincludes public performance rights
released 1969, 84 minutes
Winner of two Emmy Awards in 1970 for Best News Documentary and Best Director.
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