Cinema's Legacy
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  • 50th Anniversary Screening

    Throughout an unparalleled and remarkable career that spans more than 50 years, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has set a benchmark for innovative and distinctive storytelling that is without peer. By the end of the 1960s, Wiseman's now classic cinematic explorations of American institutions, including TITICUT FOLLIES (1967) and HIGH SCHOOL (1968), were well under way. Celebrating the 50th anniversary broadcast of Frederick Wiseman's LAW AND ORDER (1969) on public television, AFI DOCS' Cinema Legacy program re-visits one particularly timely and resonant work from this defining period. 

    For this film, Wiseman immersed himself in the day-to-day activities of the Kansas City Police Department, including training, management, and interactions with the community. By giving us privileged access to this world, filtered through his distinctive cinematic eye and masterful editing, Wiseman not only creates an engaging film but performs a valuable civic function. As relevant today as it was 50 years ago, LAW AND ORDER is quintessential Frederick Wiseman, a valuable document of a specific time and place, but a compelling work of art that speaks to us across the ages.

  • Frederick Wiseman is the director of 43 films, primarily focusing on American institutions. In 2016, he received an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Directors. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has won numerous awards, including four Emmys®. Recently onstage, he directed Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” and Vasily Grossman’s “The Last Letter” at the Comédie Française in Paris, and “The Last Letter” at Theatre for a New Audience in New York.