Hospital

84 mins.
Directed by Frederick Wiseman
1969

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Directors Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (JESUS CAMP, DETROPIA) discusses HOSPITAL with Frederick Wiseman in a taped interview shown after the film, exclusively available in Virtual Cinema.

HOSPITAL shows the daily activities of the Metropolitan Hospital in East Harlem, New York City, with emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics.

The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations, and the nature of communication among the staff and patients affect the delivery of appropriate health care.


"It is as open and revealing as filmed experience has ever been. You look misery in the eye and you realize there’s nothing to be afraid of… By the end we are so thoroughly involved… that tears well up, because we simply have no other means of responding to the intensity of this plain view of the ordinary activities in Metropolitan Hospital." – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker