42 Up (1999)
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Their largely negative or only superficially positive responses make me feel guilty about finding the series so fascinating -- and should make the filmmakers feel even guiltier.
On some level, 42 Up is a startling home-movie time capsule. Simply to behold the aging process with such intimacy is enough to give you a shudder.
One of the best movie series ever is a true-life drama like no other. Miss it at your peril.
As beneficial as helmer's influence may be to that aging franchise, his work here reps a fascinating use of the docu form.
This series should be sealed in a time capsule. It is on my list of the 10 greatest films of all time, and is a noble use of the medium.
There's something incredibly simple yet profound about what Apted has done with this series. It's an amazing achievement - not only is it a sociological masterpiece, but it's a fine example of how real-life drama can often be more compelling than fiction.
Audience Reviews for 42 Up
It's good to see lives turning around and to see the mothers start to think about careers again. It's quite clear how the effect of documenting these people has changed them, though some more than others.
One in the series of the greatest documentary ever made.
It continues. We are still missing three of the "kids" as one who came back last time dropped out again and one that was missing in the last installment has returned. As the folks head into the middle years of their lives they all seem to be leveling out. Sure there were hard times but they have managed to overcome them and find a balance on which to live. Relationships have come and gone and the one thing that is evident as we continue on the journey of life with these people is that no matter the social standing you are in life will always be chaos. Nothing will be as you see it for yourself. It was nice to see one of the gentlemen who was having a hard time at life seems to be on the track to a better life. The ones that have managed to stay married after all this time give you hope that not all of the "kids" marriages are going to end up like much of their parents. As I started this installment I did have a nice reaction of It's-good-to-see-these-people-again that I enjoy.
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