Michael Apted – The Triple Echo (1972)

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Adapted from a novel by HE Bates (The Purple Plain, The Darling Buds of May, My Uncle Silas, Love for Lydia) and set in an isolated Wiltshire farm in 1942.
Alice has been living alone in the country, since her husband was taken prisoner by the Japanese a half-year earlier. One day a young soldier, Barton, comes along and during a tender moment she invites him in for tea. When time comes for Barton to rejoin his regiment, he decides to go AWOL and stay with Alice. So as not to be discovered he starts donning female clothes. Just as Barton is becoming tired of his equivocal role, a stray tank comes rolling down the hill with a sergeant in it. Next day he’s back again, trying to catch a glimpse of Barton, whom he believes to be Alice’s sister. Continue reading

Michael Apted & Paul Almond – 56 Up (2012)

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Nearly 50 years since viewers first met a group of British seven-year-olds in Granada TV’s 7 Up documentary, Michael Apted returns with another update to find out how their lives have changed. Now in their mid-50s, the participants – who include Andrew, Bruce, Jackie, Lynn, Neil, Paul, Sue, Symon and Tony – discuss the highs and lows of getting older, reveal whether they have achieved their ambitions and reflect on their appearances in previous instalments of the landmark series.

This is all 3 parts and the final part aired 28 May 2012 in the UK. Continue reading

Michael Apted – The Up Series – 28 Up! (1985)

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‘7 UP’/’28,’ BRITISH DOCUMENTARIES
THE twin documentaries ”7 Up” and ”28 Up,” which were shown last night at the New York Film Festival (and which open at the Film Forum 1 on Oct. 16), constitute as fascinating a work of popular sociology as you may ever see. ”7 Up,” which was first shown on British television in 1963, collected a group of 7-year-olds from different class strata and let them describe their values, their prejudices and their hopes for the future. The same project takes on tremendous poignancy and a great deal more breadth in ”28 Up,” a follow-up study consisting of much longer profiles of the same people, revealing how their dreams and aspirations have changed with time. Continue reading

Michael Apted – The Up Series – 7 Plus Seven (1970)

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The premise behind the Up series is deceptively simple: take a cross-section of children at age 7, ask them about their hopes for the future, and then return every seven years to mark their progress. However, the results of these experiments, launched in 1963 by Britain’s Granada Television, are anything but mundane, and their revelations about society, maturation, and the human condition were compiled into six extraordinary films, packaged together for the first time in this five-disc set. We meet the 14 children whose lives we will follow for the next 36 years in Seven Up, a episode of the television series The World in Action and directed by Paul Almond. What becomes evident almost immediately is that class and background will have an indelible effect on the kids for the rest of their lives; the upper-class boys and girls seem confident to the point of boorishness, while the middle- and working-class children seem resigned to a life of hard work or inevitable failure due to their backgrounds. Continue reading

Michael Apted – The Up Series – 49 Up! (2005)

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Summary by Paul Gaita:

The premise behind the Up series is deceptively simple: take a cross-section of children at age 7, ask them about their hopes for the future, and then return every seven years to mark their progress. However, the results of these experiments, launched in 1963 by Britain’s Granada Television, are anything but mundane, and their revelations about society, maturation, and the human condition were compiled into seven extraordinary films.

We meet the 14 children whose lives we will follow for the next 36 years in Seven Up link, an episode of the television series The World in Action and directed by Paul Almond. What becomes evident almost immediately is that class and background will have an indelible effect on the kids for the rest of their lives; the upper-class boys and girls seem confident to the point of boorishness, while the middle- and working-class children seem resigned to a life of hard work or inevitable failure due to their backgrounds. Continue reading

Michael Apted – The Up Series – 42 Up! (1998)

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The premise behind the Up series is deceptively simple: take a cross-section of children at age 7, ask them about their hopes for the future, and then return every seven years to mark their progress. However, the results of these experiments, launched in 1963 by Britain’s Granada Television, are anything but mundane, and their revelations about society, maturation, and the human condition were compiled into six extraordinary films, packaged together for the first time in this five-disc set. We meet the 14 children whose lives we will follow for the next 36 years in Seven Up, a episode of the television series The World in Action and directed by Paul Almond. What becomes evident almost immediately is that class and background will have an indelible effect on the kids for the rest of their lives; the upper-class boys and girls seem confident to the point of boorishness, while the middle- and working-class children seem resigned to a life of hard work or inevitable failure due to their backgrounds. Continue reading