City Hall – A United Theatre Virtual Screening Event
November 11 @ 8:00 am - December 10 @ 5:00 pm$12
A film by Frederick Wiseman | USA | English | 2020 | 275 minutes | Rental Price: $12
“MAGISTERIAL! Fundamentally a portrait of a people. “City Hall” is also an exploration of civil society and the common good.” -Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Frederick Wiseman’s lifelong project to document institutions has no equal. His prodigious output of over 40 non-fiction films has captured 17 American states and several countries. Only three of those films take place in his home state of Massachusetts: his debut, Titicut Follies (1967), Near Death(1989), and now his latest, City Hall.
In this wide-ranging tapestry of Boston city services, the main figure is Mayor Marty Walsh, filmed from fall 2018 into winter 2019. The son of Irish immigrants, Walsh rose from construction work to union leadership to Democratic politics. Now 53 years old, he leads a city where the white population has been reduced in his lifetime from 80% to 45%. His speeches are like the opposite of Trump’s; the mayor champions environmentalism, immigrant rights, and gender equality. Speaking with a distinct local accent, Walsh connects to audiences by invoking his own adversities, including childhood cancer and addiction recovery.