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The clothes! The shoes! The hair!...ARE NOT THE POINT! Sure, there is something anthropological about the whole project but it's the universal that sustains - the dressing is only sometimes the point (see: Neil's sweater.)
Returning to the ultimate talking heads films. Scattered thoughts:
-Contrast "current" clips with clips from the first installment. So many options for the future at age seven and so few options for them when the future arrives. There's not a ton of ambition anymore but there is a decent amount of saddened acceptance of how things have gone.
-There's a gender thing here that I can't quite pinpoint. The women are all more defensive, more hurt. Is it society that's causing this? Or the interviewer?
-Neil's story is climbing to the top as the most interesting. He's the closest we have to a protagonist (or at least a central figure.) His story would feel even more tragic if he weren't so insanely likeable.
-We're getting progressively more and more annoyed with the filmmakers and becoming more and more of the way they're being used for an agenda.
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This movie ranks #19 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #56 in Roger Ebert: the great movies