Seminal Image #965

(Frederick Wiseman; 1972)


Timmy said...

Kent State U?

Tom Sutpen said...

No. 'Essene' is about a Benedictine monastery in Three Rivers, Michigan. That's its nominal subject, at any rate. Its really a portrait of Americans in flight, finding a degree of shelter from the times, yet bringing with them much of the pettiness and vanity that created the turmoil they're spiritually running from (one extraordinary scene, for example, has one of the administrators giving a long lecture to someone about how he insists on being addressed as Edward, because the name Ed implies an absence of respect that he cannot tolerate; all while trying to swat a fly).

If you ever get a chance to see it, do so. It's a beautiful film.