Titicut Follies  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

Related e



Titicut Follies is a 1967 American direct cinema documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman and filmed by John Marshall. It deals with the patient-inmates of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, a Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The film won awards in Germany and Italy. Wiseman went on to produce a number of such films examining social institutions (e.g. hospitals, police, schools, etc.) in the United States.

The title of the film is taken from that of a talent show put on by the hospital staff. Titicut is the Wampanoag name for the nearby Taunton River.


Titicut Follies portrays the occupants of Bridgewater State Hospital, who are holed up in empty cells and infrequently bathed. It also depicts inmates/patients required to strip naked publicly, force feeding and indifference and bullying by many of the hospital staff.

See also

Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Titicut Follies" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools