56 Up at the Kendall (5:00 Show)

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.

Advance Tickets

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.

http://landmarktheatres.com/Films/films_frameset.asp?id=122648

http://firstrunfeatures.com/56up/

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  • Paul K.

    An interesting, thought-provoking movie, followed by pleasant food, drink and conversation at "CBC". Thanks so much, John, for scheduling this event, having patience and not cancelling it, despite its coming on the heels of the major blizzard. Way cool.

    February 11, 2013

  • Sheila G.

    I have followed this series and PBS and am looking forward to next one - old age (so to speak). Loved the conversation afterwards and the beer and food were great. Sheila

    February 11, 2013

  • Emily

    So sorry I missed it. I've followed the series with great interest. Spent yesterday as well as the previous day dealing with the snow and getting my dog exercised.

    February 11, 2013

  • Doreen C.

    Movie was very interesting. Loved seeing little kids grow into teens and young adults and then mature into middle age.

    February 11, 2013

  • An O.

    I'm not going to make it. The limited subway service won't work for me, I don't have access to my car this evening, and I'm still having problems getting a ticket online. The universe is telling me to sit tight at home, and so I shall. Have a great time!

    February 10, 2013

  • Paul K.

    I'm still planning to attend.

    Also, FYI: On my first attempt the above link for "Advance Tickets" was a little "glitchy," but on my 2nd attempt I got through, and now I have a ticket.

    Looking forward to seeing you all at the movie. :-)

    February 10, 2013

  • Tricia

    I willbeattending. See you later.

    February 10, 2013

  • John

    I take that back about online ticketing - looks like you can buy tix online :)

    February 10, 2013

  • John

    Okay folks...here's an update:

    - The 5:00 show is on for tonite at the Kendall

    - The Cambridge Brewing Co. is up and running until 10:00 PM, so we can go there afterwards

    - The MBTA is running limited subway and bus service (see announcement blurb below)

    So given all that, can I have a show of hands as to who wants to come out? Doreen and I will be going anyway, so we'll wait for whoever is planning to be there. Looks like you have to buy tickets at the theater.

    Hope to see folks :)


    From the MBTA Website:

    The MBTA will resume limited MBTA subway and key bus route service effective 2pm, Sunday, February 10, 2013. Limited service will operate on the MBTA's Red, Orange, Blue between Orient Heights and Government Center, and Green Line between Kenmore and Lechmere. Limited bus service will also operate on the 1, 23, 28, 39, and Silver Line Washington Street Only. Unless necessary, customers are encouraged to stay home and use service sparingly.

    February 10, 2013

  • Laura

    I think I am going to stay closer to home today

    February 10, 2013

  • Emily

    Any news? I'm pretty exhausted from yesterday and still have more shoveling to do. Not sure if I'll make it.

    February 10, 2013

  • John

    9:00 PM Update:

    - The Kendall has cancelled all Saturday (today) shows. Their message is saying check back again for Sunday's show times

    - Their website is saying that online ticketing is unavailable - probably because they're not sure when they're going to resume operation.

    - MBTA service is still completely shut down as of this time, with a target of resuming service on Monday. This may impact things at the Kendall, so I'm keeping tabs.

    Will continue to update as new info becomes available. I for one would love to see this movie, so if Sunday ends up getting cancelled, I will see about rescheduling it...hopefully the Kendall decides to run it another week.

    February 9, 2013

  • Emily

    Still trying to buy a ticket. Alas, back to shoveling!

    February 9, 2013

  • John

    As of 9:30 Friday nite, it looks like Kendall website isn't letting you buy tickets for any show. They may have just shut down online ticketing due to the storm, so they don't have to deal with all kinds of refunds for Friday and Saturday's shows. I'd keep checking back...I'll keep folks posted (and yes, I tried it both in Firefox and IE).

    February 8, 2013

    • John

      I just called the Kendall (10:40 AM Saturday), and their recorded announcement says:

      - Saturday afternoon's shows are cancelled, due to the storm

      - Limited showings are scheduled for Saturday night

      - Sunday's showings (ours) will be announced later this afternoon or early evening.

      I'll keep everybody posted as new information is available. Let's hope we can all dig out and go to the movies tomorrow nite :)

      February 9, 2013

    • Tricia

      Yes, please keep us posted. I am planning to go (I can walk) if I can get a ticket.

      February 9, 2013

  • An O.

    I think the tickets are sold out. I can't get through to the ticketing site. I'll keep trying.

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was on waitlist but now can't attend.

    February 8, 2013

  • John S

    I do like the Up series!

    February 2, 2013

  • Judi

    Fascinating idea. 4:30 is good timing.

    February 2, 2013

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