Dir. Frederick Wiseman. 1989, 176 mins. 16mm. A luscious time capsule for the famous New York landmark and the variety of ways in which people make use of it—as a grassy haven from the concrete jungle, a public commons for artists, and a laboratory for social change—running, boating, walking, skating, picnicking, singing, dancing, attending the theater, playing sports, and rallying for justice. Framed by practical concerns, the film also illustrates the complex problems the New York City Parks Department deals with in order to maintain and preserve the grounds.
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