This is an incredible documentary. If you’re a fan of The Wire it’s a definitely a must see. If you teach film, this a great example of craft from a relevant and well-known show. As you might imagine, The Wire has some NSFW language. In this documentary, it is minimal, but it is there.
Simon has said that he never wanted to see the camera “fish” on the show: ”I never wanted to see the camera know more than it ought to know.” The result is, for example, that during a conversation, the camera moves to the next speaker after he has started speaking, not before, as it would in a documentary.
A Norwegian academic breaks down the visual style of The Wire and in so doing, illustrates why creative integrity matters. Read on->