My Generation (I) (2017)

TV-PG   |    |  Documentary, History


My Generation (2017) Poster

The cultural revolution that occurred in the 1960s England is explored in this documentary.


7.1/10
1,460

Videos


Photos

  • Suzanne Accosta and Jerry Hall at an event for My Generation (2017)
  • Paul McCartney and The Beatles in My Generation (2017)
  • Michael Caine and David Batty at an event for My Generation (2017)
  • David Batty at an event for My Generation (2017)
  • Michael Caine in My Generation (2017)
  • Michael Caine in My Generation (2017)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


26 January 2019 | dromasca
7
| a nostalgic documentary
Revolutions are rare in England's history, but when they happen, they shake off the system and have repercussions not only on the Island but also around the world. More than three hundred years after Cromwell's revolution and 150 years after the Industrial Revolution, the pop culture revolution made in the 1960s of London last century one of the two cultural capitals of the world and the avant-garde model of a reversal values and styles of scale. This is the subject of the documentary 'My Generation', whose director David Batty has been known over the last decade, especially for his films about ... the history of Christianity.

Michael Caine is the producer, the presenter, and receives a lot of screen time in this documentary. It's an interesting choice, but it comes with its problems. Of course, for Caine's fans among which you can always count me, it's always a pleasure to see the clever and articulate actor at the age of 84, sharing his memories and experiences from these times. On the other hand, I felt that Caine is pushing himself too far in front of the stage and he is "gonflating" his role as a cultural hero at the expense of other personalities, the real and significant heroes of the youth of the period.

The film starts from an interesting thesis and develops it convincingly: the pop revolution of the 1960s was not only a cultural revolution but also a social revolution in art. For the first time the younger generations and the classes considered "inferior" in the British system have found a broad stage to express themselves and have conquered the front of the artistic scenes of the world in different fields (music, film, fashion) . However, cultural references are rather limited when it comes to other fields than pop music. I believe, for example, that Pinter and Stoppard's theater would have deserves to be mentioned. Even when talking about cinema, big names are missing - for example those of Losey or Kubrick.

Another cultural dimension is missing. England and London played a central role in the pop culture revolution of the 1960s, but not an exclusive role. There is no mention of the influence of the pop and hippie movement in the United States, the Flower Power phenomenon, the festivals and protests that had the epicenter in the United States rather than in England. It can be said that it was a bi-cephalic phenomenon that had two capitals - London and San Francisco, and the film only deals with one.

In spite of all these observations, it is an interesting film that includes many significant testimonies about what happened in those years on the London artistic scene. The three "chapters" of the film feature the three stages of the birth of the phenomenon, the conquest of the artistic scene, and the appearance of the premises of its decadence. For those like me who lived those years on the alien planet that was Eastern Europe, there is a lot of invaluable information, images that generate nostalgia, places we were dreaming about then without being sure we'll ever get to see them. 'My Genration' is a documentary that generates nostalgia, but not the ultimate documentary about that period.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

Piano to Zanskar

Piano to Zanskar

Don't Blink

Don't Blink

A Modern Man

A Modern Man

People's Republic of Desire

People's Republic of Desire

A German Life

A German Life

The Prince and the Dybbuk

The Prince and the Dybbuk

Dolphin Man. The Story of Jacques Mayol

Dolphin Man. The Story of Jacques Mayol

The Proposal

The Proposal

Genesis 2.0

Genesis 2.0

Putin's Witnesses

Putin's Witnesses

Eating Animals

Eating Animals

Score

Score

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Documentary | History

Everything That's New on Netflix in August

No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month.

See the full list

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com