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Belfast, Maine


Location: Redstone Theater

Dir. Frederick Wiseman. 1999, 245 mins. 16mm. Belfast, Maine offers a portrait of daily life in a beautiful old New England port city, with particular emphasis on the work and the cultural life of the community. Among the activities shown in the film are the work of lobstermen, tug-boat operators, factory workers, shop owners, city counselors, doctors, judges, policemen, teachers, social workers, nurses, and ministers.

“If Wiseman were a painter, he’d be a pointillist. He groups tiny daubs of color together, working meticulously across a wide canvas. It’s only when you stand back that you see a massive mural taking shape—a mural that tells the story of a town, a society, a whole species.” —Matt Zoller Seitz, Newark Star Ledger 

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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