Monday, October 11, 2010

Michael Apted

Michael Apted directed 7 Plus Seven (1970) using color film; the earlier Seven Up was in black and white. An out-of-doors scene with Tony (top still) has beautiful muted colors, for example. Apted positions his sets of subjects (such as John, Andrew, and Charles together, second still, or Symon alone, bottom still) in the same order as in Seven Up, emphasizing how much (and how little) they've changed. It might not be fair to make the kids exemplars of social class, but film's editing convincingly suggests that children's class, income, and education lead to unequal ambitions and unequal futures.
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