Young At Heart
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"I feel Good," James Brown
"Purple Haze," Jimi Hendrix
"Schizophrenic," Sonic Younth
"Fix You," Coldplay
"Yes we Can Can," Allen Toussaint
"Forever Young," Joan Baez
This is an amazing group of people. Joe, who at 86 can remember a song in one afternoon, had enough chemo to kill a person, but he was still up on stage. Fred, who has congestive heart failure must sing sitting down with oxygen at his side, is still up performing. Bob, who had a heart attack, was performing his songs from his hospital bed when he had a heart attack.
Their music is in large print. In order to learn their songs, many of them are using a compact disk player for the first time and literally didn't know which side of the disk was up.
They're consummate performers. They dance even if it hurts and they smile for the audience. Even after they'd learned a troop member died an hour before, they gave an amazing free performance at a local prison.
They've discovered the joy of music and they're passing it along to audiences everywhere. I promise you will both laugh and cry in this film. You may also be moved to try some new things. Music brings joy to many lives and it's clearly never too late to get out there and try something new.
Rebecca Kyle, June 2008
The film is hilarious and full of heart. There are plenty of shots of oldsters being playful and even flirtatious. But the second half of the film achieves its depth by following former members who battle illness and self-doubt as they prepare for one more shot on stage. The film includes plenty of on-the-scene shots of the chorus practicing, and a few hilarious music videos of their best songs. The "Saturday Night Fever" takeoff, shot in a bowling alley, is both a great musical achievement by these often-ailing singers, and a terrific send-up of the original.
"Young at Heart" is funny, full of genuine pathos and a crowd pleaser. How many concert movies have the audience cheering and applauding a successful performance? Bring the whole family for a great time.
The choir's director is a 53 year old "young man" named Brian who introduces them to songs by the Ramones, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and others. Much of the doc is focused on the group's rehearsals that are taking place prior to a big upcoming show. Many of the choir members are also interviewed and some even invite the cameras into their home. What comes through is the extraordinary charm, sense of humor and vitality of these wonderful old folks. If I am able to retain the same energy and joy for living in my elderly years I will consider myself fortunate indeed.
The doc climaxes with the group's successful performance at a local concert. Their rendition of Allen Touissant's "Yes We Can" is especially uplifting. Really the entire film was funny, entertaining and inspirational. Go see it!
Maybe it's because we live in a society that spends much money for concerts and downloads to enjoy the music of others while fewer people are making music of their own.
That's not a problem for the members of Young@Heart, a chorus depicted in the documentary movie of the same name. In 1982 this chorus group, whose members are all 70 years old or older, was founded. Initially they performed vaudeville songs like "Yes, We Have No Bananas," but their director, Bob Cilman, pushed the chorus to try something different: rock and roll.
Many of the chorus members had a preference for classical music, opera or the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. But they were willing to take on the challenge of music by the Talking Heads, David Bowie and the Clash (or as the 92 year old member Ellie refers to them, "The Crash".)
The new songs are not always greeted with good cheer. When Cilman is asked how he thinks the members will react to Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia" he cheerfully says "They'll hate it." But when interviewed, the members insist that the challenge of new music keeps their minds and voices active and alive.
At times, though, I wondered how really new some to the music was to the members. The film was made in 2006.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was required for my Developmental Psychology class, when we talked about old age. I expected to hate this movie. Old people singing to rock music, how lame? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brooke
I watched this for Developmental Psych. It was a fun movie. :)Published 1 month ago by Miss Allegra
Touching, funny and inspiring documentary about individuals in a senior chorus which performs for the public.Published 2 months ago by Judith C.