This documentary depicts the daily life of one of the world's greatest teaching institutions: the University of Berkeley. With his fly-on-the-wall camera, Frederick Wiseman, a master of Direct Cinema, traverses classrooms, hallways, gardens and other campus sites, revealing the management's efforts to maintain academic excellency while working their way around limitations brought by budgetary constraints and the complexity of institutional relations which are the structure of a great university. This film is part of the director's ongoing investigation on American institutions. Venice 2013.
Born in Boston, in 1930. One of the foremost documentary filmmakers active today, having directed 38 films in the format. One of the pioneers of the movement we have come to know as Direct Cinema, with films such as Titicut Follies (1967), Primate (1974), Domestic Violence (2001), State Legislature (2007), La Danse (2009), Boxing Gym (2010), shown at the Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight, and Crazy Horse (2011). Four-time Emmy winner.