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Tuesday, January 30

Directed by Frederick Wiseman

(1969) Kansas City cops try a chokehold on a hooker, give the works to a suspected car thief, and show kindness beyond the call of duty – and embarrassed befuddlement at a love triangle dispute. To his own surprise, Wiseman found he’d created a sympathetic movie about cops. 16mm. Approx. 81 min.


– The New York Times

“The most powerful hour and a half of television that I’ve seen all year…”
– Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

“A vivid impression of [the policemen’s] working lives and through this a complex sense of what it means to be in their position in a large American city.”
– Gary Arnold, The Washington Post

“One of the best of Wiseman’s documentaries, an impressionistic account of the daily police routine in a predominantly black neighbourhood of Kansas City, Missouri…Sitting back and coolly observing the situation from multiple perspectives, it suggests that any sickness in the forces of law and order is a symptom of disease in the society that breeds them.”
– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)