In Jackson Heights
In the New York Review, Jay Neugeboren writes, “If Wiseman is a fantasist—as he claims—he is one in the way that nineteenth-century novelists were fantasists. In the novels of Dickens, Hardy, Flaubert, and Balzac we feel we can experience the way people actually lived in the nineteenth century. So it is with In Jackson Heights, and with Frederick Wiseman’s films. If now, a decade from now, or a century from now, people will want to know and understand how people lived, worked, and played during the last decades of the twentieth century and the early decades of the twenty-first, they could do no better than to go to the forty-three films that make up Wiseman’s cinematic Comédie Humaine.”
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