Documentary revisits subjects 49 years later
The documentary “56 Up,” the latest installment in an unprecedented decades-long filmmaking project that has followed a group of British citizens since they were 7 years old, will screen at the Magic Lantern in Ketchum on Thursday, April 11.
The “Up series,” directed by Michael Apted, began in 1964 with “7 Up” and has revisited the original group every seven years since.
“I think my ‘first’ Up film was ’28 Up’ and I was completely enthralled,” said Kristine Bretall, marketing and performing arts director at the Sun Valley Center. “To see this varied group from childhood through to present day is so powerful—and the access that they give to Michael Apted is wild. While watching the film, you can’t help but be amazed that so many people allowed their lives to be made so public—every seven years. It’s like they relive Warhol’s ‘15 minutes of fame’ over and over again.”
“Like a family, we’ve had our good times, our disagreements, but now, all but one of the participants are back for 56 Up,” Apted says in the film. “I never know how each new film will turn out, except that it’ll be quite different from the last. ‘21 Up’ was full of hope, ‘28’ was about children and responsibility, ‘35’ was concerned with mortality when some were losing parents, and ‘49’ had a sense of disappointment with lives maybe not fully achieved. Yet ‘56’ is quite different again, which goes to prove, if nothing else, that our series mirrors life, and is always full of surprises.”
The late critic Robert Ebert called the series “brilliant” and placed it on his list of the 10 greatest films of all time.
The full-length film begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Sun Valley Center for the Arts members, $12 for the general public. Tickets will be available at the Magic Lantern on Monday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m.
For details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sunvalleycenter.org/performances or www.magiclanterncinemas.com.
Celebrate concert series “The Great Fifty Days”
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Caritas Chorale and the Barry Keller Memorial Fund announce the sixth consecutive year of the Great Fifty Days concert series.
This series of extraordinary choral and instrumental musical recitals, all open to the public, will continue through May 7.
On Sunday, April 14, Dick Brightman, soloist, and Dorinda Rendahl, accompanist, will perform “Ralph Vaughn-Williams: Five Mystical Songs,” at 4 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Melodie and John Mauldin will give a duo recital on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m.
And finally, on Sunday, May 7, at a private home, David Tacher will present an “All Brahms” piano recital.
Reservations are necessary, though the concerts are free and open to the public. Contact Dick Brown at 721-7469 to save a seat to the May 7 show.
National Health Care Decisions Day
April 16 marks the sixth anniversary of National Health Care Decisions Day—a day set aside to reflect on, talk about and document personal preferences for medical decision making and treatment.
It is hard to think or talk about those decisions, but it is even more difficult not to take the time to think, talk & record. There are few things more anguishing than family & friends having to guess at your wishes & choices in the midst of a medical crisis.
Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley will have professional staff at two locations to help with understanding Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and the P.O.S.T. Living Wills and brochures will be available.
People will be on hand at the Hailey Post Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the hospice office at 507 1st Ave. N. Ketchum all day.
For more information, call 726-6464.