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A Happy Mother's Day/Basic Training

A Happy Mother's Day:
Leacock pioneered in the documentary genre with his method of "direct cinema" - the American equivalent to Rouch's cinema verite - which used lightweight, portable field equipment to render an unobrtrusive, subtly critical view of life in the United States (and elsewhere). This film deals with the events surrounding the birth of quintuplets to the Fischer family of Aberdeen, South Dakota, and the town's desire to capitalize upon the event, in which Leacock's camera reveals a feverish microcosm of enterprise, and the wonderful, quiet humanity of Mrs. Fischer herself.

Directed by Richard Leacock and Joyce Chopra
(bw, 16mm)

Basic Training:
This film follows a company of enlisted men through the nine weeks of the basic training cycle. The varieties of training techniques used by the army in converting civilians to soldiers are illustrated in scenes of drills, M-16 and bayonette use, and the many forms of ideological training familiar to millions of men and women who have served in the armed forces.

Directed by Fred Wiseman

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