“One of The Supreme Creations of Documentary Filmmaking” Airs Tonight

A.O. Scott (The New York Times) calls it “One of the most remark­able exper­i­ments in the his­to­ry of cin­e­ma.” Roger Ebert says it “is on my list of the ten great­est films of all time.” The film is 49 UP, and it airs tonight on PBS.

The film is the sev­enth film in a long-run­ning series of doc­u­men­taries that has traced the lives of 14 Brits, start­ing when they were 7 years old in 1964. The direc­tor, Michael Apt­ed, has revis­it­ed these chil­dren every sev­en years (they are now 49 years old), watch­ing how their lives have changed over the years. Talk about ambi­tious. You can watch a trail­er for the film here, and lis­ten to an inter­view with the direc­tor here.

P.S. The quote in the title comes from Salon.

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