At Berkeley by Frederick Wiseman (2013, 244 min.). Once again, Wiseman turns his camera on an institution, this time choosing the University of California campus. Institutions are a constant source of intrigue for Wiseman, and he explores the ways in which large policy decisions affect individuals at every level. Wiseman gives no context on his subject or information on the interviewees, allowing his audience to form their own opinions. “One of Wiseman’s best, a summation of sorts of a career’s worth of principled filmmaking from a director in his ninth decade” (Variety).
“I can’t think of another film portrait of higher education that matches this one for comprehensiveness, intellectual depth, and hope.” – David Denby, New Yorker Magazine