Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth.

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Matt Wolf

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Jon Savage (based on the book 'Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, 1875-1945'), Jon Savage | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jena Malone ... American Girl (voice)
Ben Whishaw ... British Boy (voice)
Julia Hummer Julia Hummer ... German Girl (voice)
Jessie T. Usher ... American Boy (voice) (as Jessie Usher)
Leah Hennessey Leah Hennessey ... Brenda Dean Paul
Ivy Blackshire Ivy Blackshire ... Melita Machmann
Daniela Leder Daniela Leder ... Melita Machmann (voice)
Ben Rosenfield ... Tommie Scheel
Malik Peters Malik Peters ... Warren Wall
Richie Coterelle Richie Coterelle ... Bright Young Thing
Julia Cumming Julia Cumming ... Bright Young Thing
Taylor Edward Freeman Taylor Edward Freeman ... Bright Young Thing
Samuel Hecht Samuel Hecht ... Bright Young Thing
Casper Jorgensen Casper Jorgensen ... Bright Young Thing
Claire Lucido Claire Lucido ... Bright Young Thing
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Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth.

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Teenage does not use "talking head" analysis or punditry often seen in documentary films. There are no new interviews with adults reflecting on their experiences in the past. Instead, using a combination of archival and reenacted footage, the film dedicates itself to depicting youth through the viewpoint and voice of the young. See more »

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References The Sins of Youth (1919) See more »

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A look into the youth in 20th century
8 June 2014 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

I'm only giving 8 stars because I feel this documentary didn't quite achieve it's purpose. It's intention is to show the growth of the youth culture in the 20th Century and it does show this but it seems to get lost in the telling.

It shows youth at labor, youth in politics, youth at war. And that became a problem for me because I see the youth culture as a targeted element for merchandising and capitalist profits. Well this documentary does show that element but it is so overshadowed by historical events it's easy to lose focus on it's growth while also showing the social & political changes in the western world from 1900 to 1950. Plus the youth at leisure is limited almost exclusively to the 'moneyed class'!

Otherwise this is a fine documentary and well told.


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USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Yonkers, New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,000, 16 March 2014

Gross USA:

$40,169

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,169
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