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Essene

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This cinematic tapestry of daily life inside a Benedictine monastery, filmed by Frederick Wiseman in 1972, prompted John J. O'Connor (Frederick Wiseman) to write, "Mr. Wiseman has given the viewer a superb human comedy -- funny, pathetic, touching, absurd, moving." The 86-minute documentary explores the resolution of conflict between personal needs and the institutional...more

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