Documentary Dilemmas: Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies by Thomas W. Benson, Carolyn Anderson

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By Thomas W. Benson, Carolyn Anderson

A case heritage of the one American movie less than court-imposed regulations for purposes except obscenity or nationwide security.

Titicut Follies
is an excoriating depiction of stipulations within the Massachusetts Correctional establishment at Bridgewater, a prison-hospital for the criminally insane. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts took Wiseman to court docket, looking to hinder the exhibition of Titicut Follies soon after its unencumber in 1967.

This account of the Titicut Follies case is predicated on ten years of analysis and will depend on interviews, journalistic bills, and particularly at the felony checklist, together with the Commonwealth v. Wiseman transcript, to explain the complete strategy of self reliant documentary filmmaking. the pains of Titicut Follies raise the most important questions on the relation of social documentary to its topics and audiences.

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