I DID IT, I FUCKING DID IT, I WATCHED THE ENTIRETY OF AT BERKELEY, WOOOO, SUCK MY DICK. WHENEVER THIS MOVIE COMES UP IN CASUAL CONVERSATION, I CAN BE THE DUDE WHO GOES "YOU KNOW, I ACTUALLY SAW AT BERKELEY" AND THEN ALL THE GIRLS WILL LIKE ME.
The most tightly paced 4-hour long movie of all time.
The seemingly and massively meandering first 180 minutes of Frederick Wiseman's 243-minute exposé of the students and administration of UC Berkeley reveal themselves to be 180 minutes of watching protesters in the making learn how to stand up for themselves.
Hour 3-4 sees UC Berkeley in turmoil amidst the 2009 California tuition hike protests. All of those class lectures we sat through about racial politics, inequality of education, and even microbiology? We see the effects of education on impressionable, young college students when faced with an injustice.
However, for every truly transcendent moment, there's two 12-minute long administrative meetings.