Teenagers did not always exist. Once considered older children, teenagers were simply adults in transit. During the nineteenth century and into the early part of the twentieth century, older children graduated the eighth grade and went to work to help support the family. By the age of eighteen, many teenagers were married and starting families of their own. However, with the rise of technology, music, and World War II, the term and the culture of teenagers emerged.
Director Matt Wolf has released the movie “Teenage” using historic film footage, narration, and music genre of the past to create an in-depth view of the phenomenon that is the modern teenager.
“TEENAGE is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others. Set to a shimmering contemporary score by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter / Atlas Sound), TEENAGE is a mesmerizing trip into the past and a riveting look at the very idea of “coming-of-age.”
Teenagers are a creation of society, where parents, political leaders, and retailers harnessed the exuberance and creativity of youth. Parents saw the teenage years as an opportunity to enjoy life and continue educationally. Political leaders understood the challenging nature of the teenager and used this to their advantage to change social thinking and to feed the war machine. Retailers saw the need of teenagers to establish their own identity, designing clothing, movies, and music to enthrall the teenagers need to be different.
The film is being released during May 2014 in the US and Canada.