FREDERICK WISEMAN | USA | 1967 | 84 MIN | NR
Frederick Wiseman’s groundbreaking and controversial 1967 documentary, TITICUT FOLLIES, was filmed at the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Massachusetts. Wiseman’s landmark documentary provides a raw and candid perspective on the institutionalization of inmates in the United States. Called “a nightmare of ghoulish obscenities” by Boston Superior Court Judge Harry Kalus, whose ruling banned public screenings for over 20 years, the film documents the various ways the inmates were treated by the guards, social workers, and psychiatrists.
Now, for its 50th anniversary, the film is being re-released in a newly remastered, 4K scan based on the original 16MM negative. The screening will include never before seen trial footage plus a special pre-recorded conversation between Frederick Wiseman and Wes Anderson just for Art House Theater Day!
“Calm, cool and ultimately horrifying.” –The New York Times