Movie Review: 56 Up Is More Social Anthropology Than Psychology

The Up series will have to go down in history as one of the more touching and ambitious cinematic and televisual experiments of our — or anyone else’s — time. In 1964, director Paul Almond took twenty kids, all age 7, and asked them questions about their lives and hopes and fears for Britain’s Granada Television network. Seven Up!, the original film — inspired by the Jesuit saying "Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man" — was meant to be a stand-alone affair. The idea of sequels came later, which helps to explain why minorities and women were so poorly represented: There were only four girls in that original group, and only one of the subjects was non-white — ironic, since the original film was a more politically pointed affair, made from the point of view that class, particularly in Britain, essentially determined who you would get to be. Read More...


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