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Titicut Follies

Titicut Follies (1967)


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Frederick Wiseman made his documentary debut with this controversial 84-minute survey of conditions that existed during the mid-'60s at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Made in 1967, the film was subjected to a worldwide ban until 1992 because the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that it was an invasion of inmate privacy. The film goes behind the walls to show stark and graphic images exposing the treatment of inmates by guards, social workers,


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[VIDEO ESSAY] Made during an era when mental hospitals dotted America's map like flies on manure, "Titicut Follies" presents an invaluable time capsule.

May 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

Time has not diminished its emotional impact.

November 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Wiseman's film is famous for being banned...and you can bet it wasn't the inmates who kicked up the fuss

September 7, 2005 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Titicut Follies

Shocking and full of precious footages, Titicus Follies it's a unique vision of tormented minds. An impacting film, which it's very important in all the years. Wiseman's disturbing documentary presents a terrific theme and teach to re-educate the psychologic system and the respect to the other person. Fresh.
July 11, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Disturbing in ways that fiction only fantasizes to be. To imagine living in an asylum like this is extremely terrifying. The home movie style filming of the inmates and guards really makes it evident how surreal and relevant this documentary is. The wide range of patients is probably the most interesting aspect, you have some who clearly need to be there and others that are being held captive and kept quiet. I can see why it was banned, obviously, sometimes the truth is just a little too much for people to handle. Any fan of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest should definitely check this out, it's truly magnificent.
April 6, 2010

Super Reviewer

Director Frederick Wiseman refrains from narrating a message to correspond with the images he depicts. He shapes the film in such a way that it feels as helpless, maddening and overwhelming as the material itself. There is profound sadness in this documentary. It is not something I will easily shake off or forget; I think it is some kind of masterpiece in its own way.
February 13, 2011

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Interesting and depressing look into a prison for the mentally insane in the 60s. Hard to watch at times, but pretty intriguing stuff.
February 3, 2009

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