7 Up! (1964)
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Critic Reviews for 7 Up!
Constitute[s] as fascinating a work of popular sociology as you may ever see.
The first entry in Michael Apted's anthropological study of human lives that will slowly take shape over the course of another five films.
Over the course of 500-some minutes of footage, few surprises await
Audience Reviews for 7 Up!
I found it interesting how smart these kids are. The whole series is a great idea, I wish I could find more of them
The first of the greatest documentary series ever made, filming literally the lives of a group of child, ever seven years of their life. "There aren't many pieces of work, especially in film, that have the patience or the longevity or the time to honor the drama of ordinary life; and after all, the drama of what we all have to go through ? children, jobs, marriage, the things that touch us ? is the big drama of life, far more so than the drama of movies and television.? Quote: the director Michael Apted
A short, sweet, addicting, and influential film. Translating an inclusive lifelong study (of the kind usually reserved for clinical trials) into a sociological documentary takes bravado... but it is amiably handled here. Regardless, the film is limited due to the short-sightedness of its thesis question: does class structure create an inescapable framework that will govern these children's lives? While the question itself is intriguing, it means the selection of children fails to have enough sample space for looking at what would become the major themes of the decades these children would grow up: feminism and racism. There is only one child who represents a minority, and merely a handful of girls. Regardless, such limitations are only blemishes on the horizon in this introductory documentary that serves as a light introduction to an epic series, as well as a brief, poignant look into the mind of a 7-year-old.
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