In 1964, Britain’s Granada Television charged researcher Michael Apted to select 14 7-year-olds from disparate backgrounds for the documentary program, Seven Up! Their aim: to get a glimpse of England in the year 2000. “Give me a child until he is 7,” the Jesuit teaches of Francis Xavier goes, “and I will give you the man.”
Eight installments later brings us to 63 Up, a good entry in a great series. 63 Up may not be as good as previous chapters, but it’s a fascinating social experiment as well as one of the cinema’s most enduring legacies.
And though Ford v Ferrari may not have the staying power of The Up Documentaries (then again, time will tell), it is a fun and energetic story about two men who wanted to go fast.