After spending much of the 1960s and early 1970s examining the complexity of official institutions of American life—the school, the court, the military, bureaucracy—Wiseman here turns his lens toward the food industry, specifically the production of beef and lamb. At times grisly but wholly incisive, MEAT is more than a precursor to politically aware documentary exposés on industrial food production; it is a deeper look at American life through the prism of a basic human need. “As always, [Wiseman] treats his viewer as a person of intelligence who can put together their own pattern of meaning without narration. And as always, he leads us to probe ourselves to see how we feel about what we are seeing on the screen. Like Wiseman’s earlier films, MEAT is disturbing, revealing, surprising—and masterful cinema.”—London Film Festival.

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Frederick Wiseman


The Store

In this fly-on-the-wall examination of the surrealism of the everyday, Wiseman points his camera at the flagship luxury department store Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas, during the 1982 holiday season and the height of fame of landmark TV series Dallas. Wiseman, granted unprecedented access to the store’s day-to-day operations, from sales meetings to showrooms, shows us


Titicut Folllies

“Frederick Wiseman burst onto the scene in 1967 with what remains his most controversial film, a detached yet rigorous examination of the conditions at a mental health facility. Set in Massachusetts’ Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, the film peers relentlessly at the routine humiliations enacted by the guards upon the inmates, which range