Cast & Crew
For the making of this film, Frederick Wiseman and his photographer, John Marshall, were permitted to bring their cameras into one of the three wings of the Bridgewater Hospital for the Criminally Insane in the Titicut area of Massachusetts. The film opens and closes with scenes from the annual "Titicut Follies," which is performed at the hospital by inmates and a few attendants. The middle and longer portion of the picture illustrates the living conditions, the medical care, the psychiatric treatment, and the recreational therapy of the patients.
Titicut Follies -
By Sean Axmaker Sources:
"Frederick Wiseman on His Banned Classic Titicut Follies," Paula Bernstein. Filmmaker Magazine, April 22, 2016.
"Titicut Follows, The Documentary Film About a Madhouse So Shocking It Was Banned," New England Historical Society, date unknown.
AFI Catalog of Feature Films
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After the film's initial showing at the 1967 New York Film Festival, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts attempted and failed to confiscate the film. The film was then officially banned from commercial distribution in Massachusetts.
Released in United States 1967
Released in United States 1991
Released in United States 1997
Released in United States March 4, 1992
Released in United States October 11, 1991
Released in United States September 1991
Shown at 1967 Festival di Popoli in Florence.
Shown at 1967 Mannheim International Filmweek.
Shown at 1967 New York Film Festival.
Shown at Boston Film Festival September 9-19, 1991.
Released in United States 1967 (Shown at 1967 Festival di Popoli in Florence.)
Released in United States 1967 (Shown at 1967 Mannheim International Filmweek.)
Released in United States 1967 (Shown at 1967 New York Film Festival.)
Released in United States 1997 (Shown in New York City (Film Forum) as part of program "60's Verite" November 14 - December 11, 1997.)
Released in United States September 1991 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 9-19, 1991.)
Released in United States 1991 (In 1991 a Massachusetts Superior Court judge lifted a 24-year-old worldwide injunction barring exhibition of "Titicut Follies." As of September 4, 1991, the film may be shown without restriction.)
Released in United States October 11, 1991 (Laemmle's Grand; Los Angeles)
Released in United States March 4, 1992 (Film Forum; New York City)
Feature directorial debut for Frederick Wiseman.