There should not be an adult in the western world who isn’t at least tacitly familiar with Michael Apted’s groundbreaking documentary series based on the idea that a person’s personality is formed by the age of seven. Begun as a documentary called "7 Up," for Britain’s revered Granada television studio and the BBC, the "Up" series has collected more than four decades of interviews, done at seven year intervals, with the same group of 14 British children from various social classes to whom Apted returns to converse. This latest chapter in the sequence brilliantly extends Apted’s unprecedented social study of personality and social milieu as reflected by human potential. "49 Up" keeps with the series’ established format wherein footage from all of the former films (7, 14, 21, 28, 35, and 42 "Up") is interspersed within each interview to give the audience a rich mosaic of perspective on each person’s life experience.
Not Rated. 136 mins. (A) (Five Stars)