British film icon Michael Caine narrates and stars in 'My Generation', the vivid and inspiring story of his personal journey through 1960s London. Based on personal accounts and stunning archive footage this feature-length documentary film sees Caine travel back in time to talk to The Beatles, Twiggy, David Bailey, Mary Quant, The Rolling Stones, David Hockney and other star names.The film has been painstakingly assembled over the last 6 years by Caine working with Producer Simon Fuller, Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and Director David Batty to tell the story of the birth of pop culture in London, through the eyes of the young Michael Caine: "For the first time in history the young working class stood up for ourselves and said, we're here, this is our society and we're not going away!"
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 17.3 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm; 80 Grams
- Subtitles: : German, English
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B07B4V89P5
- Number of discs : 1
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This is not to belittle the ultimate contribution of many of those participating as to what happened in the '60s (I came away feeling Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon are long overdue for a re-evaluation) but sadly a case of too much backslapping methinks!
The concept of the documentary is weird from the start - comedy writers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais scripted with documentary film maker David Batty who has done several religious films, with Michael Caine as anchor person (a la Alan Whicker format) introducing the film's plan after being endlessly filmed undergoing make up and then we are off.
A mix of Caine's pretty well known '60s bio (how he got his surname, his role in Zulu etc.) and then various inter-cuttings from 60s film archives of the identified key players (Mary Quant, Vidal Sassoon, Twiggy, David Bailey, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithfull, Roger Daltrey) which is when it gets weird. While we get plenty of 60s footage on each of the names interviewed we never with a few exceptions see them in a current time frame. Instead it is historical footage with their current reminiscences through interview by Caine being overlaid on top.
To an extent it pretty much goes where you thought it would (drugs, sex (Caine's interview with Faithfull about convent girls tells you more about Caine's '60s obsessions than Faithfull's education) and rock'n'roll (with an incessant 60s soundtrack of well known UK pop standards of the period).
Sadly some simply play to form - McCartney garrulous as ever; Caine over naive at moments especially when talking about how his generation told the old order "we're not going away" forgetting he was in his '30s for most of the '60s?; and, the film completely missing that the old order largely self destructed (the Profumo affair & Mary Whitehouse being examples) instead using endless cuts of older people complaining about the younger generation.
An entertaining trip down memory lane but lacking in insight or analysis ultimately!
It covers everything from movies,
fashion, music and even political issues.
A great dvd if you're a fan of the 60's or want learn about that incredible decade, the I would recommend it.