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Titicut Follies
Wiseman filmed conditions in the Bridgeport Mental Hospital with a bare minimum of crew and equipment, which resulted in a devastatingly candid view of life behind the high walls of a state mental hospital for the criminally insane.

July 10, 1992 Movie Review by Kathleen Maher

Monrovia, Indiana
Frederick Wiseman's passive observation gets mired in rural life
"...wildly varied institutions as a state mental hospital (1967’s Titicut Follies), Lord’s Gym in Austin (2010’s Boxing Gym), and..."

Nov. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Boxing Gym
Famed documentary maker Frederick Wiseman directs his camera on Richard Lord's Austin boxing gym.
"...be present for a screening of his 1967 film, Titicut Follies.)..."

Nov. 12, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

A History of Violence
AFS Documentary Tour presents Boxing Gym
"...decades into a career that began in 1967 with Titicut Follies (the film about a Massachusetts hospital for the..."

Nov. 12, 2010 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

Shutter Island
Martin Scorsese's new thriller is set in 1954 in an institution for the criminally insane.
"...good reason to stoically grim his way through Scorsese's Titicut Follies-esque fortress of sorrowtude looking as fidgety as a..."

Feb. 26, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
A lovely, enthralling examination of the Paris Opera Ballet from Frederick Wiseman.
"...company. In a 40-year career spanning the late-Sixties eye-opener Titicut Follies (about a Massachusetts correctional institute and banned upon..."

Jan. 29, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy
More a meditation than a traditional documentary, Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy beautifully employs direct cinema techniques to transport the viewer into the world of an exiled culture.
"...creative genius of the great observational documentarians Fred Wiseman (Titicut Follies, High School) and Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Stand-up's Best Medicine Show
The Comedians of Comedy provide stand-up's best medicine show
"...subjects of a documentary since the madcap cast of Titicut Follies barnstormed the Vulcan Gas Company, but the red-hot..."

March 11, 2005 Arts Feature by Steve Birmingham

DVDanger: Lace Crater
Ghostly romance reinvented, plus more DVD and VOD releases
"...effects, and a clear nod to the epochal documentary Titicut Follies. It's not breaking any new ground, but it..."

Aug. 15, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Looking at People Looking at Art
Frederick Wiseman’s extraordinary National Gallery screens Sunday
"...on a ballet based on his groundbreaking first film, Titicut Follies – also emphasized something National Gallery director Nicholas..."

Jan. 9, 2015 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Wiseman at Last
Doc Tour Screens Two Vérité Classics
"...second fiction film.) Since his first revelatory "banned-in-Massachusetts-until-just-recently" doc, Titicut Follies (1967), about a state psychiatric institution, Wiseman's fly-on-the-wall..."

March 29, 2002 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

Flies on the Wall With Attitude
Cinéma vérité pioneer Robert Drew, coming to town this Wednesday for the Texas Documentary Tour, speaks about the films he has made and the film style he helped create.
"...RD: Yes, yes. Here's an example. Take Fred Wiseman [Titicut Follies, High School, Public Housing]. He uses the same..."

Feb. 16, 2001 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

Stories That Tell Themselves
In town for the Texas Documentary Tour, Albert Maysles -- the man behind such famous documentaries as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens -- talks about his fierce philosophy of direct cinema.
"...watch a Wiseman film since that first, reputation-making The Titicut Follies (1967) because of all "that point of view,"..."

Feb. 11, 2000 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

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