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Sunday, October 31, 2019 - 7:30 PM



by Frederick Wiseman

kanal(1967) First-time documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness. 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. Wiseman went on to become one of America's premier observational documentarians of American institutions.

Boston-born lawyer/law professor Frederick Wiseman became involved in film in 1963 by produced documentary filmmaker Shirley Clarke's second dramatc feature film "Cool World." After taking his law students from Boston University to the Bridgewater State Prison for educational purposes, he suddenly "wanted to do a film there." The result was a harrowing look into an institution which seemed to be a throwback to almost medieval times in its mistreatment of those persons entrusted to its care. The frank, harrowing film so disturbed state authorities that they had it banned from the general public for 24 years.

This will be our second 'banned in America' film after the screening of "Salt of the Earth."


SUGGESTED UPCOMING FILMS from Kanopy and other venues

Tampopo by Jûzô Itami
After the Wedding by Susanne Bier
A Taste of Honey (1961) Tony Richardson 7.5
Charade (1963) Stanley Donen 7.9
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Jacques Becker 7.8
Billy Liar (1963) John Schlesinger 7.3
Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) R.W. Fassbinder 7.7
Lacombe, Lucien (1974) Louis Malle 7.7
Robinson Crusoe (1954) Luis Buñuel 6.8
The Stranger (1946) Orson Welles 7.4 (also Netfilx)
They Made Me a Criminal (1939) Busby Berkeley 6.8 (also Amazon Prime)




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The Screening Salon/Salon is a private, casual, and non-commercial screening group run from our homes. There is no monetary gain, nor required dues, fees, or collections of money of any sort. It's just for the fun of sharing and enjoying copies of films we own or borrow from local libraries.

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