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This is the series of documentary films started in 1964 about a group of British children interviewed at age 7 and they have continued to be interviewed every 7 years. The first was 7 Up, then all the way up to 56 Up which is the latest installment. Michael Apted has been the director for all except the first one. 63 Up is due to come out in 2019. 

They are my favorite docs of all time. It is fascinating to see the children literally grow up before your eyes, as each installment shows a small piece of the prior years while the current film shows them interviewed at length for the present year.

I like all the subjects and look forward to see how they are doing. My favorites are:

 

Tony-a scrappy little East Ender who wanted to be a jockey but seemed satisfied becoming a taxi driver.

Suzy-a private school girl of divorced parents, she become bitter and cynical in the 14 and 21 years, but became a loving wife and mother at 28.

Neil-a cheerful Liverpool lad at 7, he become lost and depressed at 21 to 35, seemed to find some stability as a local politician.

Does anyone else like these? 

 

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I've seen them up through 35 Up. I really liked them. I hope to see the others eventually, but I'd probably need to re-watch the earlier ones to refresh my memory. I haven't seen any of them in over 25 years.

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11 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

I've seen them up through 35 Up. I really liked them. I hope to see the others eventually, but I'd probably need to re-watch the earlier ones to refresh my memory. I haven't seen any of them in over 25 years.

35 up was one of the sadder chapters, some of their parents were passing away and marriages were breaking up.

Who are are some of your favorites of the subjects interviewed?

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23 minutes ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

35 up was one of the sadder chapters, some of their parents were passing away and marriages were breaking up.

Who are are some of your favorites of the subjects interviewed?

Like I said, it's been a long time, and the details are hazy. I recall the cab driver that you mentioned. I also seem to recall one guy that descended into either drug addiction or severe depression. 

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I have the entire series on DVD-makes great binge watching. I can't wait to see this years installment, 63Up, but don't know where to find it.

I especially like the 7 year old that says in the intro she wants to work in a flower shop when she grows up! I'll have to revisit to refresh my memory of each kid/grown up name & location. I recall a few of them refused to be included in their 20's-30's, they were very much missed.

I'm only a few years younger than them and it's heart wrenching to see how few lives turned out as imagined. Also, I think the series is quite successful illustrating the differences in social class, expectations and upbringing that effect each life's trajectory.

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On 2/5/2020 at 6:26 AM, TikiSoo said:

I can't wait to see this years installment, 63Up, but don't know where to find it.

I was able to see it at Film Forum in NYC, not sure where it can be seen now. I don't want to spoil anything but it is the saddest chapter in the series so far.

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