56 UP @ Nuart, Friday, 1/18 at 8:00 PM

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.

SYNOPSIS:

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."

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  • A former member
    A former member

    enjoyed Michael Apted's Q&A

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was the first person in line. Didn't recognize anyone. But great, satisfying film.

    January 20, 2013

    • Wendy

      I was the second person in line and didn

      January 20, 2013

    • Wendy

      woops--didn't see you!

      January 20, 2013

  • Wendy

    I could not find anybody! I was there in line from 7 pm and looked and looked.

    January 19, 2013

    • Pat

      Sorry, Wendy. I forgot to wear a meetup logo. I thought Lindsie (the organizer) would be there and most people would recognize her, but she didn't make it. It was hard with such a crowd in the line. Hope you enjoyed the film at least!

      January 20, 2013

    • Wendy

      Me, too--I was looking for Lindsie and also Andre and did not see either of them. Yes, I loved the film and met two nice women in line who I sat with:-)

      January 20, 2013

  • Pat

    Since I have seen all the other episodes, it was great to see these people again. Also good for newcomers to the series. Apted was very forthcoming and interesting in the Q & A.

    January 19, 2013

  • Michael and Barbara G.

    We liked this movie very much. It is a very interesting and involving film.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great film and great director chat - I arrived just before 8 so I didn't get to mingle with ya'll unfortunately - I did stand next to Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman in line though which was an interesting bonus - and I can confirm the rumors that they are back together and happy about it!

    January 19, 2013

  • linda P

    I am so excited to be back with this wonderful film group and to be with some of the people I used to know and become aquainted with new faces.

    January 13, 2013

    • Pat

      Jennifer is no longer a member of this group, Linda. Lindsie is the organizer now.

      January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it possible to view "7 Up" or "28 Up" in advance? I plan to google it, but just thought I'd ask some of you who might know.

    January 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The Up series is on Netflix Instant.

      January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I never get tired of the Japanese restaurants in Lil' O, but I'm enough of a philistine to enjoy a good burger, so either option works for me. But I guarantee that there's going to be a huge line for 56U, so we shouldn't stray too far from the theater. For proximity's sake, I recommend Lulu's Alibi.

    January 9, 2013

    • Wendy

      Hi Andre! Glad you're going:-)

      January 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Wendy, thanks! Look forward to seeing you.

      January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pat - at 5 pm, we don't need a reservation at Plan Check. Plan Check's chef is classically trained chef, not some short order greasy spoon burger cook. He actually invented Umami Burger - he is not the founder, but he was the executive chef at Umami when they first opened. Plan Check is awfully popular, but not that crowded at 5 pm. They are not that small. Seatings inside and outside, and definitely much closer than some of the other Japanese eateries on Sawtelle. Bar Hayama is right across the street, but they open at 6 pm. Plan Check is open all day from lunch on. Plan Check is only about 3-4 minutes walk from the theater, and maybe 5 minutes if you walk slowly :)

    January 10, 2013

  • Pat

    I love Nanbankan, which is a block from the theater--has Japanese small plates (isakaya). It's really good. Will call them to find out what they can do for a group.

    January 9, 2013

  • Pat

    We need to get to the movie early, by the way, because the director will be there both before and after, and this series is very popular with some people.

    January 9, 2013

  • Pat

    I was at Nuart tonight and asked the guy in the theater how far in advance to line up for 56 Up and he said at least an hour. So...if we want dinner, we probably need to meet by 5:00 or 5:30 and somewhere close because of parking issues. It also depends on how many people want dinner. I could call Plan Check and find out how many people they need for reservations. I haven't been there but it doesn't look very big from the outside. Kay, do you want to check (hehe) into Plan Check and report back? Would be fun to try it. I guess we could walk to Plan Check--it's not that far from Sawtelle is it?

    January 9, 2013

  • Pat

    I saw several of the Up Series on Netflx a few years ago. I'm sure you can find them. Probably even in the library.

    January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about "Plan Check" for pre-movie dinner? They serve some awesome burgers and just a short walk from the theater.

    January 9, 2013

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