MEET IN LINE AT 7 P.M. THIS IS OPENING NIGHT, THE DIRECTOR IS THERE FOR Q & A, AND IT WILL BE HARD OR IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A DECENT SEAT IF YOU COME LATER. I will wear a meetup badge on my jacket.
Come to watch the next episode of what has been called the first reality TV show. It comes back every 7 years for a new episode! Rotten Tomatoes gives "56 Up" 100%! (80% on Metacritic).
NOTE: Director Michael Apted will be giving an introduction to the 8:00 p.m. show and a Q & A afterwards.
If you are a fan of this series (and you should be), this is a not-to-be-missed event!
I will schedule dinner later on.
Tickets are available online at the Landmark website. Seating is general admission, and I expect this one will sell out.
Take a look at the trailer to see a look at what has become, literally, a life-long project for director Michael Apted and the subjects of the series.
In 1964, Michael Apted, a 22-year-old law student recently graduated from Cambridge, was recruited by Granada TV, the independent British TV network, to seek out 14 seven-year-old children for a documentary about the class system in British society and how it predetermined lives. The show’s guiding principle was the Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”
That documentary, “Seven Up” – in which children were selected from the working and upper classes, with fewer girls than boys and the middle class essentially unrepresented – was intended as a one-shot experiment. But Apted ended up carrying the project forward at seven-year intervals, revisiting the original group each time. What began as a kind of political tract soon enough morphed into something far more resonant: a long-form epic about the changes that life brings.
“56 Up” is the latest installment in this ongoing odyssey, which by now has taken on a life of its own. Ever since “28 Up,” at least, Apted has had to crowd his subsequent editions with the participants’ lengthening back stories in order to bring both initiates and uninitiates in the audience up to speed.
"The film will be of interest to faithful followers and easily accessible to newcomers."
"What gives the series its force is not just its universality but also its particularity. These grown-ups may be Everyman, but they are also singular."