《福利》Welfare

 

《福利》

《福利》Welfare

《福利》以办公室职员的角度深刻揭露了纽约福利制度。结果令人又忧又喜:忧是因为官僚政治执行起来仍有很大缺陷,而喜则是这些制度体现了人道主义并在很大程度上有所作为。影片呈现了各种各样的人,有一位员工甚至表示,他要对二百五十万的人负责,而如果只有小几千的人没获得合理福利的话,这说明他的工作已经完成得很好了。德国移民则认为只有在你绝望无助的时候,上帝才会伸出援手,他说:“考虑到这种情况,我宁愿在更好的地方孤独终老。”即使是最小的挫折,对一些人来说,已然是天大的玩笑,所以有的时候警察也会牵扯其中。在这个仍有种族歧视的时代,黑人占很大比例,警察面对一些反动言论的时候必须有足够的理智和冷静。这么说的话,导演Wiseman用镜头记录的无非就是当时所发生的一切。

 

导演/剪辑:Frederick Wiseman
制片:Frederick Wiseman for Zipporah Films
摄像:William Brayne
1975/美国/167分钟

 

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Welfare

 

Welfare looks at the New York welfare system from the perspective of the officials who administer it and the recipients who crowd its offices. The result is both disconcerting and heartening: disconcerting because this bureaucracy seems to be pitted against those least fit to deal with it, and heartening because those running the system are not inhumane and frequently do all they can to help. A wide range of people show up. One employee tells a young lady that he is reponsible for two-and-a-half million people, and that if only a couple thousand do not get what is coming to them, he is doing a good job. And then there is the German immigrant who believes that God only helps you if He feels so inclined. "Given the circumstances," he says, "I'd better look for a nice place to hang myself." To some people, even the smallest setback is a great drama, so the police sometimes have to get involved. Most of them are black and there are racists about, but the cops keep their cool, even when told they should be wiped out "before the blood starts flowing in the streets." All the while, Wiseman's camera simply records the events as they occur.

 

Director/Editing: Frederick Wiseman
Production: Frederick Wiseman for Zipporah Films
Cinematography: William Brayne
1975/USA/167min

 

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