28 Up (1984)
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While working on the BBC television documentary series The World in Action in 1963, director Michael Apted, in collaboration with Paul Almond, produced a feature-length study of 14 seven-year-old Britons. Titled 7 Up, the film drew its on-camera personnel from every part of the social strata. Apted and Almond invited the kids to expound extemporaneously upon their feelings, desires, and aspirations. Seven years later, the same 14 people were rounded up for Seven Times Seven, which brought their
Oct 6, 1985 Wide
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The effect of 28 Up is to bring a dimension of wisdom and insight to the earlier footage, and in doing this Mr. Apted has been subtle and selective.
It is almost scary to realize that this film has given me a fair chance of predicting what lies ahead for these strangers. I almost understand the motives of those who chose to drop out of the experiment.
No matter how it's interpreted, the film remains a deft and compelling piece.
A real mind-bender. Apted invented a new documentary form with this series.
This is, after all, an ongoing project, and one which is certain to grow more mesmerizing with each new installment.
The 14 subjects of the "Up" series came together as a group only twice, and by the end of 28 Up, three have dropped out of the project.
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