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56 up

Streaming Video - 2012
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"Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the enigmatic Neil, as they turn 56 more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed. An extraordinary look at the structure of life in the 20th century, The UP Series is, according to critic Roger Ebert, "an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life."
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: streaming video file (1 video file (ca. 144 min.)) : sd., col
Uniform Title: Fifty-six up

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scallion
Sep 10, 2017

Thoughts provoking. Glad to see flimwork like such that captures life in this light.

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gingerbeer
Dec 23, 2015

This is a fascinating long-term close-up look at a sample of British kids as they grow up and become adults. You don't have to watch all of them (as they do a recap at the beginning of each of the films in the series). Watching them all though is a real treat! If you haven't seen this series of documentary films, you should!

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Old_Toto
Aug 01, 2014

Real Brits scattered on the socio-economic scale being revisited every 7 years by the same interviewer shows brief glimpses of real life. Anthropology at its greatest. Sorry that the same concept was not used following WWII with people in Japan, Germany, Russia, Sweden, etc. I look forward to 63UP.

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hammer59
Jul 13, 2014

Interesting concept and subjects. They collectively seem to be doing well enough. Amazing that they grew up in the UK so soon after World War 2 devastated their economy, yet still had several children. American baby boomers grew up economically advantaged, but had far fewer children. Thank GOD!

KCLSRecommends Mar 27, 2014

What an amazing (and unique) documentary which revisits the same group of people from a wide cross-section of English society and that director Michael Apted has interviewed every seven years since they were all seven years old! There are so many ups and downs throughout this series for each person -- although I found the latest installment a bit depressing: not so many seem to have turned out so well!

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poodlegirl
Jan 09, 2014

I watched the entire "Up" series and really enjoyed it. I felt like they were old friends by last episode. It was interesting that most were successful in varying ways and I thought it was very satisfying seeing that.

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Chaoticmuse
Jan 01, 2014

It has been fascinating following this study through the entire series. I agree with whs that this is one of the most interesting TV series/study ever made.

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jbolta
Dec 24, 2013

Such uninteresting people.

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whs
Nov 25, 2013

This is part of what may be the most interesting TV series ever made. It is far more meaningful to any viewers who have been fortunate enough to see the original 7 up made in 1964 and the episodes that were recorded every 7 years after that.

The perseverance of the filmmaker and his subjects is admirable.

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