If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Such seems to be the guiding principle of documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s decades-long output, as the beloved filmmaker continues to turn his keen eye on yet another part of the American experience with his newest film, “Monrovia, Indiana.”
For Wiseman, the film was all about exploring the kind of slice-of-life Americana that has so often compelled his creations.
“I thought a film about a small farming community in the Midwest would be a good addition to the series I have been doing on contemporary American life,” Wiseman said. “Life in big American cities, on the east and west coasts, is regularly reported on, and I was interested in learning more about life in small town America and sharing my view.”
Despite its hefty subject matter, the film’s running time clocks in at just 143 minutes, which ranks it as one of Wiseman’s shortest feature-length documentaries ever and his shortest in seven years.
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