Saturday, April 23, 2011

301. 49 Up (2005)


Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.

In 1964, director Michael Apted interviewed fourteen seven-year-olds. He has since returned every seven years and interviewed those that were willing to be involved with the project. These films could have easily taken up five or six slots in my 365, but I decided to lump them all together in this one entry for the latest (and probably close to best) film. It is absolutely astounding how these folks changed during their lives. Just when you think you have someone figured out as a loser, snob, housewife, or a upstanding individual, they shock you with a drastic change in the next film. One of the most important lessons learned from this vast character study is to never judge someone in absolutes. If you don't like someone, simply wait a few years, they'll probably change. Or maybe it's that they are better able to show you who they really are. Either way, this is probably the best documentary series of all time.

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