Documentary Dilemmas: Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies

Documentary Dilemmas: Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies

Carolyn Anderson, Thomas W Benson

A case historical past of the single 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, trying to hinder the exhibition of Titicut Follies soon after its liberate in 1967.

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

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