Detroit Film Theatre


56 UP

Sunday, July 14, 2013

4:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(England/2012—directed by Michael Apted)

Beginning in 1964 with the groundbreaking British TV documentary Seven Up, and continuing subsequently every seven years, The Up Series has offered visible proof of the maxim: “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” 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 the original film, has been back to talk to as many of them as have been willing, examining the progression of their lives, which now finds them at age 56. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the ever-surprising, gripping story of Neil, The Up Series has remained, according to critic Roger Ebert, “on my list of the ten greatest films of all time. An inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life.”(144 min.)

“Awe-inducing. A study unique to the medium of moving images – and a documentary masterpiece.” –Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“Citics’ Pick! Remarkable, poignant and fascinating. The more you watch, the more the movies transform from mirrors into memory machines, ones that inevitably summon reflections of your own life.” –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“A singular film… a matchless portrait of our time.” –Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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