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Smile, It's Your Close Up 2: Back to School with Frederick Wiseman


  • Museum of the City of New York 1220 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10029 United States (map)

High School 2

(on 16mm)

Frederick Wiseman, 1994, 221 min

Frederick Wiseman, 1994, 221 min

High School II examines life in a New York "alternative", public high school, Central Park East Secondary School in East Harlem, neighbor to the Museum of City of New York. Though the title suggests that this film is a sequel to Frederick Wiseman’s 1969 documentary High School, it’s actually not. The focus of this film is on the interactions between the students, faculty, staff, and parents. As Caryn James, writing in The New York Times in 1994, noted the film is "a study in social mobility."

Conversation to follow, speakers to be announced.

Includes Museum admission and complimentary beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.

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Smile, It’s Your Close Up 2: New York’s Documentaries, a nonfiction film series co-programmed by Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Museum of the City of New York, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question, “what makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests.

  • $15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Maysles Documentary Center members and Museum of the City of New York members. Includes Museum of the City of New York admission.
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