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Service of the Goods

Film/Video

Service of the Goods

Service of the Goods

Image courtesy of Jean-Paul Kelly

Service of the Goods

Service of the Goods

Image courtesy of Jean-Paul Kelly

Service of the Goods

Service of the Goods

Image courtesy of Jean-Paul Kelly

Service of the Goods

Service of the Goods

Image courtesy of Jean-Paul Kelly

Service of the Goods
Service of the Goods
Service of the Goods
Service of the Goods

Jean-Paul Kelly
Service of the Goods

(2013)

An original and unsettling examination of documentary representation, Service of the Goods remakes shot-for-shot selected scenes from Frederick Wiseman’s seminal documentaries on state-run, tax-funded American institutions, including Titicut Follies (1967), High School (1968), Hospital (1969), and Welfare (1975). To create his haunting work, Canadian filmmaker Jean-Paul Kelly bracingly reorients our attention by covering up the human element that’s foregrounded in Wiseman’s films and reducing the soundtrack to a queasy murmur. (29 mins., video)