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51 Birch Street (2005)

Unrated | | Documentary | 18 October 2006 (USA)
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Documentary filmmaker Doug Block had every reason to believe his parents' 54-year marriage was a good one. But when his mother dies unexpectedly and his father swiftly marries his former ... See full summary »

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Doug Block
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Carol Block Carol Block ... Herself
Doug Block ... Himself (narrator)
Ellen Block Ellen Block ... Herself
Karen Block Karen Block ... Herself
Mike Block Mike Block ... Himself
Mina Block Mina Block ... Herself
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Documentary filmmaker Doug Block had every reason to believe his parents' 54-year marriage was a good one. But when his mother dies unexpectedly and his father swiftly marries his former secretary, he discovers two parents who are far more complex and troubled than he ever imagined. 51 Birch Street is a riveting personal documentary that explores a universal human question: how much about your parents do you really want to know? Written by Anonymous

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Germany | USA

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English

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18 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brzozowa 51 See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,827, 22 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,689, 10 December 2006
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clever, sensitive, insightful
20 July 2006 | by darrenr-4See all my reviews

This is definitely one of the better documentaries I have seen looking at family relationships and marriage. I saw "capturing the friedmans" a short while ago and have to admit I thought this was better.

The story is not an incredibly shocking one, but it is a great examination of trapped personalities and relational cold war. Block deftly guides the viewer through diaries, family footage and after-the-fact interviews; his interview style is sensitive and probing, and his insights are clear and measured.

51 Birch Street is a great examination of personalities and relationships over 40-50 years of social change, the social fallout, and potential for redemption.


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