This six-hour chronicle about terminal patients and those around them at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital is illuminating, elevating and unforgettable. Wiseman’s cinema verite’ style demystifies death for viewers as it dignifies the families and medical staff involved. The film offers insight into the ethical issues of caring for terminal patients, yet in its slow, deliberate coverage never sensationalizes the subject. "Near Death" aired nationally on PBS stations.
Frederick Wiseman, John Davey, Ollie Hallowell, Lyn Gaza, Richard Gliklich, Nancy Simonian, Stephanie Monroe, Diane Hodgman, Viki Garvin, Carolyn Rouse, Romana Vysatova, Marian Parry