City Hall

Director: Frederick Wiseman Run Time: 275 min. Rating: Not Rated

After the film, watch a conversation between Frederick Wiseman and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh!

City government touches almost every aspect of our lives. Most of us are unaware of or take for granted these necessary services such as police, fire, sanitation, veterans affairs, elder support, parks, licensing of various professional activities, recordkeeping of birth, marriage and death as well as hundreds of other activities that support Boston residents and visitors. CITY HALL, by Frederick Wiseman, shows the efforts by Boston city government to provide these services. The film also illustrates the variety of ways the city administration enters into civil discourse with the citizens of Boston. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his administration are presented addressing a number of their policy priorities which include racial justice, affordable housing, climate action, and homelessness. CITY HALL shows a city government successfully offering a wide variety of services to a diverse population.

“At 4 1/2 hours, “City Hall” is a demanding film. But it rewards that commitment with an experience that is both hypnotically beautiful and subtly encouraging.” ~ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“Even in a filmography with more than its fair share of impressive achievements, it deserves consideration as one of Wiseman’s greatest.” ~ Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com

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