Monday, December 21, 2009

Frederick Wiseman

Stanley Marcus in Frederick Wiseman's The Store
model from The Store by Wiseman
customers from The Store by Wiseman

The Store (1983) by Frederick Wiseman (his first color documentary) is an all-access portrait of the Neiman-Marcus department store in downtown Dallas. Retailer Stanley Marcus (top still) sets the ambition to be the best; his customer-is-always-right philosophy is carried out by motivated employees from the boardroom to the backrooms. Marvelous observational sequences, alarming 1980s hairstyles and clothing, and now-almost-quaint old-school conspicuous consumption make the film a delight.
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