One of Frederick Wiseman’s early cinema verite documentaries (1968), but not one of his best. Wiseman shoots his subject (the students and teachers of an “average” Pennsylvania high school) in a choppy, impressionistic style: his camera stays zoomed in on faces (and often fragments of faces) in a way that effectively obscures the social context his film is trying to evoke. A rather simplistic message emerges: that the school’s business isn’t education but regimentation. Wiseman’s later long-shot, long-take style would be at once more convincingly “real” and more intellectually responsible.