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I could have sworn I posted a thread about this in December, but darned if I could find it.

I was doing some blog maintenance today and found this: http://1morefilmblog.com/2019/12/02/63-up-apted-2019/

I was a little surprised at how little response there has been to this project. Granted the television release in Britain complicated distribution, and we've had COVID-19, but it just felt like all the Up films were met with fanfare and then this one just came and went with a shrug...

 

Is that reality TV making this passe? 

The death of Roger Ebert (champion of the series)?

Or did everyone just get bored with it and maybe Apted went to the well once too often?

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I almost made a trip into D.C. to catch it - I've seen the entire series, although I didn't start the series until five or six years ago - but it came and went pretty quickly. Plus, I figured the library, which carried all the other titles (that's how I'd seen the Up series), would get this one. And then everything shut down. 

Now that the library's reopened, I'll go give a look and see if this title is available. [looks] Nope. And it's not available on Prime either. Sigh. 


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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It's great. (I saw it during a brief big-screen exhibition in Seattle earlier this year.)

It's compromised, as each episode increasingly seems to be, by how fragmented the stories are becoming. But there is an emotional gut-punch in this once that was inevitable, and I have to stop there to avoid spoilers. 

Here's what I posted at Letterboxd.

Edited by Overstreet

P.S.  I COULD BE WRONG.

 

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I haven't seen it yet. Passed when the screenings were offered. I'm a bit burnt out on it. I don't think there's that much to learn of mid 50s to mid 60s (I'm past them both). Sure there are some of the people I'd like to catch up with, but not all of them.

 


A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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