fbpx Monrovia, Indiana | Gene Siskel Film Center
Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Monrovia, Indiana

2018, Frederick Wiseman, USA, 143 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 2nd 3:45pm
  • Fri, Nov 2nd 7:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 3rd 7:15pm
  • Sun, Nov 4th 2:45pm
  • Mon, Nov 5th 6:15pm
  • Wed, Nov 7th 6:30pm
  • Thu, Nov 8th 6:30pm
First Chicago run!

"Classic Wiseman…takes us into the heart of a community and reveals its inner workings, comforts, fractures and traumas." - Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

"A sharp, lyrical look at small-town American...Frederick Wiseman is the greatest American poet." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

For the first time in his fifty-year career, documentary master Wiseman (EX LIBRIS, IN JACKSON HEIGHTS) ventures deep into the American heartland for an all-encompassing look at one of the iconic rural communities allegedly forgotten and dissed in recent decades by the political establishment. Tiny Monrovia has a population of barely more than 1,000, and life revolves around the backbreaking work of farming cattle and soybeans, the homegrown pomp of weddings, funerals, and lodge meetings, and the simple pleasures of doing business with longtime neighbors. With trademark acuity of perception, Wiseman observes a way of life that is steeped in lingering pioneer traditions and community insularity - conservative in most things, and focused on the presumed sharing of spiritual practice and values. As the director intends, any political shading is in the eye of the viewer, as these folks work, worship, and celebrate their rites of passage in the café, church, barber shop, gun shop, and small-town civic institutions. DCP digital. (BS)

Play Trailer