Based on Jon Savage's book of the same name, Teenage bills itself as a "living collage," but it's really more like one of those historical timelines you made in school as a kid, populated with photocopied pictures, descriptions cribbed from the encyclopedia, and drawings you did yourself. The dots on the timeline point to pivotal moments in the self-definition of teenagers—from Boy Scouts and GIs to flappers and Bright Young Things, with an emphasis on youth movements in the US, Germany, and the UK. Filmmaker Matt Wolf blends historical footage and reenactments with a skill that borders on unnerving; beautiful images of beautiful young people are paired with poignant, diary entry-style voiceover narration explaining the trends and moods of the time, accompanied by a stirring, intelligent score by Deerhunter's Bradford Cox.


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