Frederick Wiseman : Sad Comedy

“I think a lot of the movies are very funny. But it’s not comedy that makes fun of the people; it’s comedy that emerges from very complex situations which often have no solution, and the situations are indicative, in one way or another, of the muddlement of the human behavior. And so they’re funny. And I find that kind of comedy sad, because often, while it’s funny, the basic situation is very sad. . . . “High School” is a sad comedy because the ideology of the school is such that some, although obviously not all, of the potential of the students is being thwarted by this mindless kind of conformism that represents the actual attitude of the school as opposed to the rhetorical attitude. It’s sad because the students are being trivialized.” -Frederick Wiseman



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