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High School

PBS Premiere: August 28, 2001


Remember high school? Renowned filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's classic documentary High School renders this nearly universal American experience in unforgettable terms. Cited by the Library of Congress as a National Treasure, this 1968 film is both a document of the times and a statement of the ways in which school is used by one generation to pass its values on to the next. A POV Classics presentation, featuring premieres of landmark documentaries from the past which illuminate contemporary issues.


TAGS: 1968, cinema verite, direct cinema, philadelphia, youth

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Film Information

High School (84 min.)

Premiere Date: August 28, 2001

Filmmaker: Frederick Wiseman Bio | Interview


Frederick Wiseman
Frederick Wiseman

Critical Acclaim

As a expression of existential exhaustion and despair, the landscape of High School is as eloquent as any dreamed up by Camus or Sartre.”

— Steven Vineberg
The New York Times

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