Monday, September 15, 2014


Featuring vintage film clips, old photos, interviews, and some dramatization, Teenage is a documentary about the history of the first half of the 20th century as seen through the eyes of the people who aren't exactly children, and aren't quite adults. Telling the story of the first half of the 1900s through child labor, industrialization, war, strife, and lots and lots of dancing, the spread of Americanism through music and two world wars helped create a demographic that didn't exist until Frank Sinatra invented screaming teenaged girls in the mid 1940s. Flappers, zoot suiters, jitterbuggers, hooligans, delinquents, shellshocked soldiers, and Boy Scouts are all in abundance in this exceedingly well-edited but ultimately dry documentary.

Featuring music by Bradford Cox of the band Deerhunter, I thought I heard a snippet of Neu in there as well.

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