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bridgewater state hospital

from titicut follies (1967) posted in movies by prof_improbable

In the mid-60's, filmmakers Frederick Wiseman and John Marshall spent 29 days at the horrific Bridgewater State Hospital in Bridgewater, MA.

The resulting documentary is the cinéma vérité classic, Titicut Follies.

The film shocked audiences with its unfiltered depictions of the brutal treatment of patient-inmates. It also launched Wiseman's career: making exposé documentaries about social institutions in a style of direct cinema that could be best described as "a fly on the wall" filmmaking.

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shun lee palace east

from the search for general tso (2014) posted in movies by prof_improbable

Also opened by Michael Tong in 1972, the Shun Lee Palace claims to have the first version of General Tso's Chicken in the United States, prepared by their cook, Chef T.T. Wang.

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shun lee dynasty

from the search for general tso (2014) posted in movies by prof_improbable

The first time Hunan- and Szechuan-style Chinese food was available to the U.S. customers was through the Shun Lee Dynasty restaurant, opened in Manhattan by restaurateur Michael Tong in 1972.

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1400 smith street

from enron: the smartest guys in the room posted in movies by prof_improbable

This 50 floor, 691 ft (211 m) tall skyscraper is the former headquarters of the energy company, Enron.

Before Enron collapsed, they purchased the building across the street, connected to 1400 Smith Street by a circular skywalk, primarily made of the tears of pensioners and retirees who lost their savings to the rat bastards.

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largo at the coronet

from sarah silverman posted in movies by prof_improbable

The Largo at the Coronet is a music and performance venue in Los Angeles. The Largo originally opened in 1989, and moved to this location on June 2, 2008.

Sarah Silverman filmed her 2013 HBO special We are Miracles in the Largo's small room for a crowd of 39 people.

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