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The Invention of the Teenager

Mar 13, 2014 | 570 videos
Video by Matt Wolf

Teenage, a documentary from director Matt Wolf, uses archival footage, reenactments, and old diary entries to craft a poetic story of how youth culture emerged in the 20th century. In this excerpt from the film, we meet the “Bright Young People,” a bohemian subculture born in the 1920s among Britain’s aristocratic socialites. The "Bright Young People" are one of several groups, or moments in history, that the filmmaker uses to reveal how notions of adolescence have evolved. To learn more about Teenage visit the film's website.

Author: Paul Rosenfeld


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