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56 Up @ Music Box Theatre

NOTE - The time has been confirmed for 5:00pm  

Offering an extraordinary look at the unfolding of lives, THE UP SERIES has been called “an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium” by renowned film critic Roger Ebert.

In 1964, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted began his career as a researcher on a new experimental series for Granada TV called SEVEN UP, which explored the Jesuit maxim, “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds from all over England, to see whether a class system was in place. By asking the children about their lives and their dreams for the future, difference in attitudes and opportunity were witnessed.

For almost half a century, Apted has interviewed the original group every seven years, examining the progression of their lives. Now they are 56. From cab driver Tony, to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn, and Susan, and the iconoclast Neil, the present age brings more live changing decisions and surprising developments. From success and disappointment, marriage and childbirth, to 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    what's interesting is how I've been watching these movies every 7 years since 21 UP ( maybe 1978,79) when I was a wee lad meself. So as they have aged I have also, so my perspectives change along with theirs. i wonder how i would have reacted at 18 if I saw 56 UP?

    February 2, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Difficult to put my enthusiasm for this event into words. I totally forgot about this series.

    November 27, 2012

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