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Gaining and maintaining momentum
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This chapter explores how longitudinal documentary develop after they have achieved initial lift-off. The long doc work includes Michael Apted's Seven Up films, Winifred and Barbara Junge's The Children of Golzow and Swedish director Rainer Hartleb's The Children of Jordbrö. In 21 Up, almost half the film is given over to extended accounts of just four of the Seven Up subjects (Tony, Bruce, Nick and Neil). The chapter focuses on the role played by various institutions in the origination and nurturing of these projects. It discusses the developments in the working relationship of Junge with two of his subjects, Marieluise and Elke, who are the two leading female participants in The Children of Golzow. The Jordbrö Children and Living in Jordbrö put a clear marker down for all the Jordbrö films that follow in that they introduce us to the characteristic features of Hartleb's filmmaking style.

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Taking the long view

A study of longitudinal documentary


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