Canal Zone

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First of a disappointing trilogy of Wiseman documentaries on export versions of Americana (followed by the military sketches of Sinai Field Mission and Manoeuvre), in which the pettily formal rituals of life around the Panama Canal are registered as if the politically sensitive zone had no social, economic, cultural or geographic identity beyond its backdrop function as a bicentennial home from home. Unilluminating and, at nearly three hours, deadly boring.

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Duration: 175 mins

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Director: Frederick Wiseman
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