Paul Almond

  • Paul Almond – Seven Up! (1964)

    Paul Almond1961-1970DocumentaryUnited Kingdom
    Seven Up! (1964)
    Seven Up! (1964)

    Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, renowned director Michael Apted has explored this Jesuit maxim. 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, Apted has been back to talk to the same subjects, examining the progression of their lives. From cab driver Tony to East End schoolmates Jackie, Lynn, and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, we see, as they enter their 40’s, how close these subjects are to realizing their ambitions. An extraordinary look at the structure of life in the 20th century, The Up Series is, according to Roger Ebert, “an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life.”Read More »

  • Paul Almond – Journey (1972)

    1971-1980CanadaDramaPaul Almond

    A woman with a troubled past is saved from drowning in a river and brought to a strange community hidden in the woods.

    Found drifting down the Saguenay River, half-drowned and clinging to a log, a woman is rescued by Boulder, who carries her to Undersky, his commune in the Quebec wilderness. Named after the river from which she was saved, Saguenay is haunted by memories of her past and remains unresponsive for days, drifting in and out of consciousness. She gradually becomes aware of the life going on around her and begins to explore it. But she senses she has brought ill fortune to this community and fears something in her past has doomed her and all who know her.Read More »

  • Paul Almond – Isabel (1968)

    1961-1970CanadaClassicsDramaPaul Almond

    A woman believes she is beginning to lose her mind when she begins seeing ghosts and spirits.

    As a comment on religious repression, familial ostracism, and subliminal incestuous urges, this film might have some value.Read More »

  • Paul Almond – Act of the Heart (1970)

    1961-1970CanadaDramaPaul AlmondRomance

    Martha Hayes, a woman fanatically devoted to Jesus Christ, ekes out a meager existence in Montreal, Canada. As a singer in an Anglican Church choir, Martha meets and is fascinated by Father Michael Ferrier, an Augustinian monk who’s the guest conductor for an interfaith concert. How far is Martha willing to go to show her devotion to God?Read More »

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

    2001-2010DocumentaryMichael AptedUnited Kingdom

    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.Read More »

  • Michael Apted & Paul Almond – 56 Up (2012)

    DocumentaryMichael AptedPoliticsUnited Kingdom

    56 Up is the latest instalment of the landmark TV documentary series which has returned every seven years to focus on a group of people from varying social backgrounds who were first filmed at the age of seven. The new series revisits all but one of the original group.Read More »

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