At Berkeley Review

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Berkeley University chancellor, Robert Birgeneau runs the esteemed seat of learning with a calm afforded him by years of experience. As Frederick Wiseman's camera records, it's a complex and constantly evolving world he presides over.


The doyen of Direct Cinema contrasts the academic and the administrative, the political and the personal in this snapshot of a cash-strapped campus famed for its scholarship, radicalism and connection with the local community. Occasionally parochial, but always compelling.

At the venerable age of 84, documentary maven Wiseman hasn't lost his touch.