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The Chicago documentary collective Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams) started out with this 1966 study of two seniors trying to adjust to their new and radically different living arrangements at the Drexel Home for the Aged. Like Frederick Wiseman's work, the film shows how basic human transactions have been institutionalized, but in contrast to Wiseman's epics, it features shorter, punctuated vignettes and occasional voice-over narration. The style is somewhat dated, yet the movie's look at how poorly we treat the elderly remains sadly relevant. Gerald Temaner and Gordon Quinn directed.

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