Frederick Wiseman’s High School: 50th Anniversary 35mm Screening


GPJFF38 – From the Vaults
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Time: 7 PM
Location: Lightbox Film Center

Director: Frederick Wiseman
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: USA
Year: 1968
Running Time: 1 hr 15 min
Language: In English

General Admission: $15
Seniors: $13
Northeast High School Class of ’68: $10 (*tickets can only be bought over the phone or at the box office)
Students: $7 (*for our rules and regulations on Student tickets, click HERE)
I-House Residents: Free (*residential ID must be presented in-person)

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Hailed as one of the most important and original filmmakers working today, Frederick Wiseman’s decades-long exploration of “the American institution” has influenced documentary filmmakers from the United States to Israel (THE MUSEUM, screening at the Gershman Y on Sunday, November 18 as part of the 38th Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, owes much to Wiseman in its multi-angle approach to documenting Jerusalem’s Israel Museum).

What really happens inside the walls of an American high school? Famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, Hospital) answers that question in this fascinating peek inside Philadelphia’s Northeast High School, where the students constantly clash with their teachers and the teachers wage their own battle against the administration. Wiseman delves into the everyday struggle some teachers face to discipline their unruly charges, as well as the prevalent student apathy observed in classrooms where students are found staring into space, uninspired and unengaged. The film brilliantly documents how the school system not only passes on “facts” but also transmits social values from one generation to another.

Cited by the Library of Congress as a National Treasure and presented in 35mm, HIGH SCHOOL enthralls as a document of the times, a nostalgic reminder of what our own high school experience was like, and perhaps, most importantly, as a witness to the ways schools affect the predominant value systems within society.

Special Guests: TBD


For Fans of:

  • Documentaries
  • Experimental cinema
  • High school
  • Frederick Wiseman
  • Philadelphia history


  • “A wicket, brilliant documentary.” (Richard Schickel, Life)
  • “The most frightening thing about High School is that it captures the battlefield so clearly; the film is too true.” (Peter Janssen, Newsweek)
  • “The high school is the very heart of America, and Wiseman has captured its strength and rhythm perfectly.” (Edgar Z. Friedenberg, The New York Review of Books)