Art House Theatre Day: Titicut Follies (1967)

1h 24m / Not Rated / Documentary

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Tampa Theatre is proud to participate in the national Art House Theater Day 2017, celebrating the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts, with a special screening for the 50th anniversary of the film Titicut Follies. The harrowing documentary of the patient-inmates of the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane was directed by filmmaking legend Frederick Wiseman and censored for more than 20 years.

Frederick Wiseman is a groundbreaking and prolific documentary filmmaker and director. Famous for shooting hundreds of hours of film for each feature, he has primarily focused on the investigation of institutional life in places like prisons, schools and police departments. He has been given a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice International Film Festival and an honorary award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Titicut Follies was the first film he directed. Its graphic, unflinching portrayal of the lives of patient-inmates, including their neglect, their force-feeding, their bullying treatment and violent ridicule, and sometimes their deaths, led to the film being blocked from public presentation before its release in 1967 until a Superior Court ruling in 1991.

Please be warned that this film is explicit and may be difficult to watch.

But this newly restored 4k version also includes never-before-seen footage of Wiseman at the court arguments for the State of Massachussetts' hearings to ban the film, and a special taped conversation between Wiseman and director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom) about the importance of art house theaters.

Doors & bar open a half-hour before show time

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