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Fascinated by the footage, Almond's assistant, Michael Apted (later the director of The World Is Not Enough, among others, and president of the Directors' Guild), proposed to revisit the subjects every seven years, and in 1970, 7 Plus Seven was released, followed by 21 Up in '77, 28 Up in '84, 35 Up in '91, and the most recent entry, 42 Up, in '99 (Apted plans to continue the project). And the changes that occur to the original 14 (some of whom drop out of the project) are among the most fascinating and often tragic ever recorded on film. Success, failure, marriage and childbirth, poverty, illness--almost every possible element of the human experience passes before Apted's camera. And while each of the children's stories is riveting, the viewer will undoubtedly be gripped by that of Neil, a shy boy who endures incredible hardships. A one-of-a-kind series and sociological experiment, The Up Series is required viewing for not only documentary fans but any viewer with a curiosity about and concern for their fellow humans. The DVD set includes commentary by Apted on 42 Up. --Paul Gaita
I love having the whole series--I had never seen any of them--and being able to watch them.
It is a real incite into the human soul and the human experience as these people make their way through life and have to deal with whatever life throws at them.
A wonderful examination of how the class structure in England has changed over decades and how people have matured, made choices and dealt with life.
...Methinks it's time for Mr. Apted to find a new cast. This one is getting a bit long in the tooth--no longer as young, cute, and full of promise as in the first few movies.Published 1 month ago by David Drake
Absolutely fascinating. Probably because I grew up during the same time period and faced some of the same situations.Published 1 month ago by Christina Kiehl
This ongoing documentary is one of the most interesting I've ever viewed. I wish more filmmakers in other countries had done this.Published 3 months ago by Ria
I wait for these to come out every seven years. This is so much more than voyeurism. If the series doesn't cause you to stop and wonder about the commonality of people, I would be... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan Springer Butler
As a retired high school teacher, I found the growth of these children into mature adults so fascinating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Casper
They have been admirable and generous to share their personal lives for a lifetime with such an immense audience and for that alone, the series deserves all the stars. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E. Vachon
Following a group of kids from age seven to middle-age must have seemed impossible at the outset, but here it is. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joan F. Ellis
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I would love to know about buying all those other versions, too. I saw the US age 14 and 21(as well as Age 7) and USSR/Russia Age 7 & 14, on various cable & PBS channels. USSR/Russia was fantastic. It seems impossible to find these docs to watch, let alone to buy.
Jun 7, 2013 by City Dweller | See all 2 posts
You can find quite a bit on YouTube, for example here:
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