The montage here is so rapid that I'm just now noticing this may be the first ironic use of women laughing alone with salad.
I'm constantly amazed how Frederick Wiseman is able to find a single scene that outlines an entire documentary, in someone else's word. In Belfast, Maine, which I first saw last month, it was a teacher discussing Moby Dick. He brings up Melville's focus on working class figures in an uncannily fitting description of Wiseman's career. Here in At Berkeley Wiseman shows the same keen eye right away with three scenes during the opening—a talk about the founding of UC Berkeley,…
Saw all 24 hours. The whole experience was sublime, and I can only offer some musings and observations:
• These characters do so many things with clocks. They start the clocks. They stop the clocks. They enter the clocks. They climb the clocks. They pull the clocks out of corpses. They kill using the clocks. They kill the clocks. They embrace the clocks. I was geniunely curious if someone would pull an American Pie with a clock.
• I knew…