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Young @ Heart

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Young at Heart Chorus is based in Northampton, Massachusetts. See the final weeks of rehearsal for the group, whose average age is 81 and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs that range from James Brown to Coldplay. The group has toured Europe and sung for royalty. Now they are focusing on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town.
Title: Young @ Heart
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Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Fox Searchlight Pictures presents in association with Channel 4 a Walker George Films ; produced by Sally George ; directed by Stephen Walker
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: "Young @ Heart goes to Hollywood" featurette; 9 deleted scenes; Lenny's "Purple haze;" theatrical trailers; trailers
Documentary
Summary: Young at Heart Chorus is based in Northampton, Massachusetts. See the final weeks of rehearsal for the group, whose average age is 81 and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs that range from James Brown to Coldplay. The group has toured Europe and sung for royalty. Now they are focusing on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town.
Alternate Title: Young at Heart
Young@Heart
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.42166 YOUNG
Performers: Chorus director: Bob Cilman ; performers: Young @ Heart Chorus.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital surround
Other Language: English (Dolby 5.1) or dubbed Spanish (Dolby surround) dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Canciones 2001-2010. bidex Cantantes Massachusetts Northampton Bibliografía. bidex Popular music 2001-2010 Older people Massachusetts Northampton Biography Choruses (Mixed voices) Biography Young@Heart Chorus
Genre/Form: Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Documentary films
Topical Term: Canciones
Cantantes
Popular music
Older people
Choruses (Mixed voices)
Publisher No: 2252702 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Sep 30, 2013
  • carlcav rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In 1982, Bob Cilman was working in a Northampton Massachusetts nursing home, feeding residents, when one of his colleagues suggested he play guitar with the old folks after supper. Cilman had had a short-lived career in rock ‘n’ roll (most memorably in a local R&B band called “The Self-Righteous Brothers”) and decided to give it a shot.

Turned out that the seniors loved to sing, especially old favourites like “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “Bicycle Built For Two”. Their families were thrilled when Cilman put on shows, but the songs that really grabbed listeners in their early performances were the gently scurrilous rock tunes like “Doo Wa Diddy” and “Louie Louie”. It helped that one of the residents was a retired stripper.

Cilman saw an opportunity, and before long “The Young At Heart Chorus” was touring the region. Just before the new millennium they became Young@Heart and were doing concerts in Europe. Audiences loved their bemused but enthusiastic takes on songs as diverse as The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” and The Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive”.

British filmmaker Steven Walker was so taken by Young@Heart that he followed them home to Northampton in 2007 and documented their seven-week preparation for a new tour. Seven weeks to learn a raft of new songs, including punk-rock anthem “Schizophrenia” by Sonic Youth, and Alain Toussaint’s cajun dazzler “Yes We Can” – notable for repeating the word “can” 72 times in rapid, syncopated, succession.

Cilman clearly adores his group, whose members range in age from 73 to 92, but he is demanding and often confrontational. The opera and jazz-loving seniors, who are often mystified and offended by Cilman’s musical choices, also struggle with the health problems endemic to their stage of life. By opening night we’re genuinely not sure if there’ll be delight or disaster.

Jun 29, 2013
  • BBeeBryn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Uplifting. This film shows the spirit never had to grow old.

May 25, 2012
  • VahiniG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This doc was great! I was even skeptical about it at first. I laughed a lot and liked the renditions of the songs. I love older people! My favourite line is when this gentleman is singing "I Feel Good" by James Brown and uses the line "I feel nice, like sugar and rice." It doesn't get much better than that!

Jan 31, 2012
  • Infolass rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Uplifting documentary reminding us of the power of music and that you are never too old to embrace what life has to offer. Every community should have a choir like this one.

Jan 02, 2012
  • markd rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was fun - a documentary about a seniors' choral group called "Young at Heart" - from Massachusetts. They perform rock and roll songs. They do a good job and have a great attitude towards life.

Mar 18, 2010
  • sit_walk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting film that I initially dismissed but rather enjoyed when I actually saw it. Including a version of Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia" was a stroke of genius.

This was a great film! I'd love to see them perform. It gives us hope for something fun to do when we get old - something to keep us out of trouble!

Feb 19, 2010
  • bobfrombob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved this film. Their version of "I Wanna Be Sedated" kicks ass. A real heart-warming feel good movie with some bittersweet moments. As soon as I finished watching, I went to the Young @ Heart website to see if they are touring anywhere near here (nothing planned - closest stop right now is NYC)

Dec 08, 2009
  • mvaculch rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful documentary of seniors averaging 80? singing songs from James Brown to Cold Play to packed houses in Europe. I laughed and I wept, what a heartwarming wonderful story!

Sep 17, 2009
  • jasonopeno rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this movie! It is a charming, sweet, and heart-breaking documentary about a seniors choir where the average age is 80. If you loved Mad Hot Ballroom or Spellbound, you will love this movie. Some truly great singing and very funny music videos. The songs take on a whole new meaning at times. Brilliant.

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Jun 15, 2012
  • mMat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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