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The Family Album (1988)

Rare16mm home movies from the 1920s through the 1950s, that weaves into a composite lifetime, passing through the celebrations and struggles from childhood to adulthood, from innocence to experience (In HD)

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Rare16mm home movies from the 1920s through the 1950s, that weaves into a composite lifetime, passing through the celebrations and struggles from childhood to adulthood, from innocence to experience (In HD)

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Woman: Talk in the microphone just so I can see it works.
Man: Testing, 1, 2, 3. Testing, 1, 2, 3.
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An interesting experiment
30 June 2013 | by (US) – See all my reviews

An interesting 60 minute experiment. Berliner combines clips from home movies mostly bought at flea markets and other anonymous sources covering the 1920s through the 1950s. He combines these with home sound recordings, some of his own family, some strangers' tapes found at yard sales; oral; histories, kids goofing around with a recorder, recordings of weddings, birthdays and funerals. Berliner arranges these clips, sound and vision so they follow life from infancy to old age, the soundtrack tantalizingly close to fitting the images, but never quite fully matching up, since, in reality one had nothing to do with the other. It's a touching document of how families would like to present themselves, would like to be remembered (Berliner readily admits home movies are far from 'true' but represent idealized selves). I ultimately found the film affecting, if perhaps a bit repetitive.


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