Maybe you had to be there, but one of the most poignant moments of my own excitable high-school years was seeing the Frederick Wiseman cinema verite High School, a documentary filmed in an urban Philadelphia school that plainly exposed the oppressive atmosphere of the place while unfolding slowly and unwaveringly, telling the whole story without making a comment. High School, which came out at the end of the rebellious '60s, was one of Wiseman's earliest films, but the Guggenheim and MacArthur grant awardee is still working today. Some of his most recent films seem to follow that same technique on a tangent of motion study, which explains the title of Frederick Wiseman, "Bodies in Motion" -- a series that begins this afternoon in the state-of-the-art Boedecker Theater in Boulder's Dairy Center for the Arts.
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First out of the gate is Boxing Gym (called a "knockout" by J. Hoberman in the Village Voice), a camera's-eye view of the choreography and community of boxing that screens at 4 p.m.; see Le Danse, about the Paris Opera Ballet, next Sunday at the same time. Crazy Horse, a meditation on "nude chic" in a Paris strip club (and Wiseman's most recent), follows with a weeklong run from March 18 to 24. You'll never see any of these things in the same way.
The Dairy Center is at 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder; Boedecker Theater admission is $10 ($6 for members). For more information, visit http://thedairy.org/cinema-listings-2 or call 303-444-7328.
Sun., March 4, 4 p.m.; Sun., March 11, 4 p.m.; March 18-24, 2012