In 1964, several seven-year-old children from all walks of life were gathered to be in a documentary entitled 7Up, about their hopes and dreams for the future. It was an effort to show a slice of the early stages of the lives of the next millennium's leaders and adult populus. Every seven years after that, director Michael Apted would follow up on them in what would become one of the most famous longitudinal human studies of all time. Join us at the Kendall as the "Up Crowd" turns 56. Now in middle age, these folks are living some version (or not) of what they envisioned as young innocent children.
Showtime is 5:00. As usual, we'll meet in the lobby a half hour beforehand, then go in to get seats about 10 minutes before the movie starts. Run time is 2hrs 24min, so with previews we should be getting out around 7:45. Then we'll wander over to one of the nearby eateries for food, drinks and discussion.
And since the Kendall is known for doing things like selling out a whole show to some special interest group, I'd get advance tickets if you're definitely planning on attending.
Hope to see you there :)
From the Kendall Website:
"Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Starting in 1964 with Seven UP, the UP series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven UP, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, as they turn age 56 more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed. Success and disappointment, marriage and childbirth, poverty and illness—nearly every facet of life is discussed with the group, as they assess whether their lives have ultimately been ruled by circumstance or self-determination. An extraordinary look at the structure of life in the 20th century, the UP series is, according to critic Roger Ebert, "an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life.