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The Up Series

Written by Michael Apted
DVD/Video

In 1964, Granada Television aired a documentary featuring a group of English seven-year-olds from various backgrounds. Since then, director Michael Apted has revisited the subjects every seven years. Over time, various participants have dropped out, and some back in again, but for the most part viewers can revisit the same familiar faces at seven-year intervals. The most recent film, 56 Up, came out in the last year.

This documentary series is completely fascinating, and I'm so grateful that so many of those once-children have agreed to continue to be filmed every seven years, although it certainly must be a significant intrusion on their lives. Seeing the subjects age from seven to 56, finding out what has happened in their lives in the intervening years, and especially, in the later films, hearing them analyze the effect of the documentary on them is so interesting. This DVD set contains the films Seven Up!, 7 Plus Seven, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up and 42 Up. The library also has 49 Up and 56 Up on DVD.

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