Teenagers did not exist before the 20th century. Not until the early 1950s did the term gain widespread recognition, but with Teenage, Matt Wolf offers compelling evidence that “teenagers” had a tumultuous effect on the previous half-decade.
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Refreshing and creative collage of a documentary that uses Jon Savage's book as a jumping off point in tracing the evolution of youth movements into the coined term 'teenager' in 1945. A mix of archival footage and prints mixed with some crafty recreations and an involving score by Bradford Cox. Not exactly an educational doc but an entertaining, well compiled one that could have benefited from being longer.
Splendid, like the book. But the title is misleading as the documentary does not fully or convincingly explain the meaning of teenager (officially "invented" in 1945), but rather illuminates the social, cultural, and historical conditions that led to the emergence of teenagers.
I think the additional materials for this film might have been my favorite thing about it? The original soundtrack by Bradford Cox was beautiful, all of the posters and artwork were perfectly crafted, and the BTS on the recreations were fascinating. However, when it comes to the actual film, this was more of an artistic venture than a totally historically accurate and fully educational one.
This was a really great documentary about the last couple of decades for the adolescent: from slave workers to consumers to lost souls to political pawns and fighters of others' wars to revolutionaries and, eventually in 1945, to a vague demographic. With stunning archival footage and captivating storytelling, this shows how important and divisive teenagers were and are.