Titicut Follies

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Nick Broomfield Presents

The film is a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The film documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists. Interestingly the film was originally banned from release for reasons other than obscenity or national security.

Titicut Follies is a documentary film that tells you more than you could possibly want to know — but no more than you should know — about life behind the walls of one of those institutions where we file and forget the criminal insane… A society’s treatment of the least of its citizens — and surely these are the least of ours — is perhaps the best measure of its civilization. The repulsive reality revealed in Titicut Follies forces us to contemplate our capacity for callousness.” – Richard Schickel, Life

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield has picked 6 of his favourite films to screen as part of our summer programme. A fascinating insight into the influences on one of Britain’s most important living directors.

Find the full selection here.

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Running time
84 mins
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Frederick Wiseman

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July 17th

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