Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman


I have a great antipathy towards didacticism. I think, when my films work, they work in part because they bring a place to people.    


Frederick Wiseman has made 37 documentaries and 2 fiction films. Among his documentaries are TITICUT FOLLIES, WELFARE, PUBLIC HOUSING, NEAR DEATH, LA COMEDIE FRANCAISE OU L'AMOUR JOUE, and LA DANSE-LE BALLET DE L'OPERA DE PARIS. His documentaries are dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray the joy, sadness, comedy and tragedy of ordinary experience. He has won numerous awards including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His films have played in theatres and been broadcast on television in many countries. He is also a theatre director and has directed “The Last Letter,” based on a chapter of Vasily Grossman's novel Life and Fate, and Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” at the Comédie Française. He is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Films Selection

  • National Gallery - 2014
  • Crazy Horse - 2011
  • Boxing Gym - 2010
  • La Danse - 2009
  • State Legislature - 2006
  • Public Housing - 1997
  • La Comédie Française ou l'amour joué - 1996
  • Ballet - 1995
  • Near Death - 1989
  • Missile - 1987
  • Model - 1980
  • Meat - 1976
  • Welfare - 1975
  • Juvenile Court - 1973
  • Hospital - 1970