1967. USA. Frederick Wiseman. 84 min.
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1967. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. Cinematography by John Marshall. This was the first film directed by the master documentarian Frederick Wiseman (b. 1930), who was the subject of a 2010 MoMA retrospective. The film was banned for a quarter-century. Although much shorter than many of his later works, Titicut Follies conforms to the tradition of "direct cinema" that he helped establish, allowing the inmates of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane to essentially tell their own stories without the intervention of a narrator. 84 min.