Monrovia, Indiana /
Frederick Wiseman skillfully dissects, examines, inverts and reassembles pivotal symbols of American culture. In his 44th film, he does this with small-town America. Monrovia, Indiana, is a small town in a county populated exclusively by Trump supporters. Wiseman shows the green fields, the church sermons, the Masonic rituals, the high school marching band, and the city council meetings. Then, just when the viewers start to feel they know the place as if they had been born and raised there, he gradually exposes the truths hidden behind rows of white, smiling teeth: the dogmatism, the fixation, the profound solemnity, the dread of an impending decline, the shiftlessness, the despair. Only a master of observation like Wiseman could create such a deep and tantalizing portrait of a place and its people.