56 up

56 up

DVD - 2012
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"The latest instalment of ITV's landmark documentary series returns to visit the people whose lives have been followed since they were just seven-years-old. The original '7 Up' was broadcast in 1964 as a one-off World in Action Special featuring children chosen from different backgrounds to talk about their hopes and dreams for the future. The series was inspired by World in Action founder editor Tim Hewat's interest in both the saying: "Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man," and the rigid class system of 1960s Britain. 7 Up set out to discover whether or not the children's lives were pre-determined by their background. Director Michael Apted, who has since moved to Hollywood to direct films including 'The World Is Not Enough', 'The Chronicles of Narnia' and 'Gorillas in the Mist', has returned every seven years to chart the children's progress through life."--itv.com. Now they are 56 years old.
Publisher: [London, England] : ITV Studios Ltd ; New York, NY : First Run Features, [2012]
Edition: Educationalnon-theatrical version
Branch Call Number: DVD DOCMNTRY UP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 144 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Fifty-six up

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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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