FILM LIFE: Aging | Chapter 28

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1. Pictures of the Old World (1972)

70 min | Documentary

Pictures of the Old World is an unquestioned masterpiece of European documentary cinema, with existential radicalism that offers a contrast to the shallowness of hundreds of other ... See full synopsis »

Director: Dusan Hanák

Votes: 559

Aging ________________

The Beauty of Aging

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (New Project - Women of Age - Portraits of Wisdom, Beauty and Strength).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Ageless). ____________

Amazon Books: Best Sellers: Aging.

Amazon Books: Aging Parents.

Amazon Books: Best Sellers: Exercise & Fitness For the Aging.

2. Life According to Sam (2013)

TV-G | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A moving look at a couple's inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria.

Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix | Stars: Sam Berns, Leslie Gordon, Scott Berns, Francis Collins

Votes: 768

Andrea Nix Fine quote: "The film isn't about Progeria per se, it's about life and what you want out of life - what you do when something difficult happens and how you respond to it."

HBO: Documentaries: Life According to Sam. ________

Wikipedia: Progeria.

3. Ayurveda: Art of Being (2001)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

Ayurveda is science of life and art of healing; where body, mind and spirit are given equal importance. This voyage of thousands of miles across India and abroad takes you on a unique ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Nicolos Kostopoulos, Vaidya Narayan Murthy, Brahmanand Swamigal

Votes: 425 | Gross: $0.02M

Forever Young

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (My Friend Maia).

4. Lives Well Lived (2018)

72 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100 years old. Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories encompassing over... See full summary »

Director: Sky Bergman | Stars: Rose Albano Ballestero, Susy Eto Bauman, Ciel Bergman, Blanche Brown

Votes: 55

5. Holes in My Shoes (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

94-year-old New Yorker, Jack Beers, has broken the age barrier full force. He can do what most young men can, and his diverse lifetime achievements would take many to accomplish. The film ... See full summary »

Director: David Wachs | Stars: Jack Beers, Arthur Hiller, Katherine Oliver, Lydia Ruth

Votes: 108

7. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 32,462 | Gross: $2.55M

8. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

79 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Jocelyn Pickett

Votes: 3,555 | Gross: $2.93M

9. Goodbye, America (2006)

72 min | Documentary

Documentary about Al Lewis. He sits in the make-up chair and remembers part of his 92 years life.

Director: Sergio Oksman | Stars: Al Lewis, Karen Lewis, Scott Sliger

Votes: 54

10. Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

On his birthday, actor Stephen Tobolowsky shares a series of personal and professional stories.

Director: Robert Brinkmann | Stars: Stephen Tobolowsky, Ann Hearn, Mena Suvari, Gregory Wagrowski

Votes: 279

11. Go Grandriders (2012)

80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

68 Metascore

Would you still dare to dream when you're 80 years old?

Director: Tian-Hao Hua

Votes: 186

IMDb External Link: 'Go Grandriders' Official Site.

12. Iris (IX) (2014)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, History

80 Metascore

A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel, the 93-year-old style maven who has had an out-sized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades, from legendary late 88-year-old documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.

Director: Albert Maysles | Stars: Carl Apfel, Harold Koda, Dries Van Noten, Inez Bailey

Votes: 4,090 | Gross: $1.31M

IMDb External Link: 'Iris' Official Site.

13. Oma & Bella (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

Oma and Bella is an intimate glimpse into the life of two dynamic elderly Jewish women in Berlin. The film follows them as make elaborate dishes recalled from their childhoods, before the ... See full summary »

Director: Alexa Karolinski | Stars: Regina Karolinski, Bella Katz

Votes: 62

IMDb External Link: 'Oma & Bella' Official Site. ____________

A Strong Voice

IMDb Watch Now Link: The Raging Grannies of Tucson (2006 Short Film).

14. Omar & Gloria (2017)

80 min | Documentary

Omar and Gloria dance Danzon. Gloria who is 80 years old is a woman full of light. For over 15 years Omar has been her accomplice and dancing partner. Omar and Gloria are mother and son. As... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Cohen | Stars: Gloria Aguilar, Omar Aguilar

Votes: 9

15. La Once (2014)

80 min | Documentary

It's a documentary about a group of old ladies that have been friends since high school and they decided to see each other every month. The film documents their interactions and conversations.

Director: Maite Alberdi | Stars: María Teresa Muñoz, Alicia Pérez, Angélica Charpentier, Ximena Calderón

Votes: 362

16. Big Sonia (2016)

93 min | Documentary, Family, History

71 Metascore

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski - great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor - runs the tailor shop she's owned for more than thirty... See full summary »

Directors: Todd Soliday, Leah Warshawski | Stars: Sonia Warshawski, SuEllen Fried, Caroline James Kennedy, Regina Kort

Votes: 400 | Gross: $0.21M

IMDb External Link: 'Big Sonia' Official Site.

17. Nine Good Teeth (2002)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

Director Alex Halpern's feature-length documentary, Nine Good Teeth, unfolds through the stories and recollections of his 102-year-old grandmother Mary Mirabito, an outspoken and fiercely ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Halpern | Star: Mary Mirabito Livornese Cavaliere

Votes: 68

IMDb External Link: 'Nine Good Teeth' Official Site.

18. Botso (2014)

82 min | Documentary, Music

71 Metascore

A man from the Republic of Georgia who, against all odds, survives the horrors of World War II. He then goes on to transform a small coastal town in California through his passion for art, ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Walters

Votes: 26

19. Young@Heart (2007)

PG | 107 min | Documentary, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians.

Directors: Stephen Walker, Sally George | Stars: Joe Benoit, Helen Boston, Louise Canady, Elaine Fligman

Votes: 3,831 | Gross: $3.96M

IMDb External Link: 'Young@Heart' Official Site.

20. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Octavio Calderon

Votes: 16,089 | Gross: $7.00M

21. Seymour: An Introduction (2014)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

83 Metascore

Meet Seymour Bernstein: a beloved pianist, teacher and true inspiration who shares eye-opening insights from an amazing life. Ethan Hawke helms this poignant guide to life.

Director: Ethan Hawke | Stars: Seymour Bernstein, Ethan Hawke, Sam Bachelor, Jiyang Chen

Votes: 986 | Gross: $0.58M

Seymour Bernstein quotes Mae West when pupils complain about the repetitiveness of Schubert: "Too much of a good thing is wonderful."

IMDb External Link: 'Seymour: An Introduction' Official Site [Japan].

22. Amma Lo-Fi (2011)

65 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs - an eccentric ... See full summary »

Directors: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jonsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir | Star: Sigridur Nielsdottir

Votes: 110

23. Keep on Keepin' On (2014)

R | 84 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin as the young man prepares to compete in an elite, international competition.

Director: Alan Hicks | Stars: Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock

Votes: 921 | Gross: $0.16M

Clark Terry quotes: "Imitate, assimilate, and innovate."

"Well, I'm too old to pimp, and too young to die, so I'm just gon' keep playin'."

24. Charles Bradley: Soul of America (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The incredible rise of 62-year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album rocketed him from a hard life in the Brooklyn Housing Projects to Rolling Stone Magazine's top 50 albums of 2011.

Director: Poull Brien | Stars: Charles Bradley, Alex Everett, Sharon Jones, Jonny Santos

Votes: 579

IMDb External Link: 'Charles Bradley: Soul of America' Official Site. _____________

The Harp Player

IMDb Watch Now Link: Little Sammy Davis (2002 Short Film).

25. The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (2013)

39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Aliza Sommer-Herz, aged 109 and the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, tells the story of how music saved her life: both during her time at Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards.

Director: Malcolm Clarke | Stars: Aliza Sommer-Herz, Zdenka Fantlova, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Malcolm Clarke

Votes: 877

Tagline: Alice is 109 and the Worlds Oldest Pianist & Holocaust Survivor.

Aliza Sommer-Herz quotes: "I have lived through many wars and have lost everything many times - including my husband, my mother and my beloved son. Yet, life is beautiful, and I have so much to learn and enjoy. I have no space or time for pessimism and hate."

"I am Jewish, but Beethoven is my religion."

"Music Is God."

26. A Well-Spent Life (1971)

Not Rated | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A deeply moving tribute to the Texas songster, Mance Lipscomb, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist of all time.

Directors: Les Blank, Skip Gerson | Stars: Mance Lipscomb, Elnora Lipscomb, Hattie Franklin, Alfred Franklin

Votes: 318

27. David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary about David Bowie's final two albums "The Next Day" (2013) and "Blackstar" (2016) and Broadway musical "Lazarus".

Director: Francis Whately | Stars: David Bowie, Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey, Gerry Leonard

Votes: 2,124

28. David Bowie: Dead Man Walking (1997 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for David Bowie's 1997 single "Dead Man Walking."

Director: Floria Sigismondi | Stars: David Bowie, Gail Ann Dorsey, Reeves Gabrels, Zachary Alford

Votes: 35

29. Tosca's Kiss (1984)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Music

Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. In his documentary film Tosca's ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Schmid | Stars: Giuseppe Manacchini, Leonida Bellon, Salvatore Locapo, Giovanni Puligheddu

Votes: 155 | Gross: $0.01M

IMDb External Link: 'Tosca's Kiss' Official Site.

30. The Mayor (2011)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

THE MAYOR is a stereotype-shattering documentary that reveals the humanity of seniors living life to the fullest in a retirement community in Texas.

Director: Jared Scheib | Stars: Sam Berger, Cordy Frieze, Dorothy June Wyll, Ceil Schwartz

Votes: 49

IMDb External Link: 'The Mayor' Official Site.

31. If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

Carl Reiner tracks down several nonagenarians to show how the twilight years can be rewarding.

Director: Danny Gold | Stars: Carl Reiner, Iris Apfel, Tony Bennett, Alan Bergman

Votes: 391

32. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 11,612 | Gross: $0.03M

33. The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

Utilizing hours of unseen archival footage, The Beales is a new take on the women of Grey Gardens.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles | Stars: Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Edith Bouvier Beale, Albert Maysles, David Maysles

Votes: 999

34. Peter and the Farm (2016)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary on Peter Dunning, the proprietor of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont who has isolated himself away from his family and often suggests to the filmmakers to make his own suicide a narrative device.

Director: Tony Stone | Star: Peter Dunning

Votes: 680 | Gross: $0.02M

35. Grandma, a Thousand Times (2010)

G | 50 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

77 Metascore

A poetic documentary that puts a feisty Beiruti grandmother at the center of brave film exercises designed to commemorate her many worlds before they are erased by the passage of time and ... See full summary »

Director: Mahmoud Kaabour | Stars: Fatima el Ghoul, Mahmoud Kaabour, Eva Sayre

Votes: 82

36. First Cousin Once Removed (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Berliner chronicles the deeply personal story of his mother's first cousin--well-known poet/translator/professor Edwin Honig--on his journey into the depths of ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Berliner | Stars: Eli Berliner, Stuart Blazer, Susan Brown, Barbara Estrin

Votes: 333

37. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014)

PG | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

79 Metascore

As he struggles with Alzheimer's disease, country-music legend Glen Campbell embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe.

Director: James Keach | Stars: Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell, Ronald Petersen, Dave Kaplan

Votes: 1,454 | Gross: $0.37M

IMDb External Link: 'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me' Official Site. ________________

Alzheimer's Disease

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie {14 Days with Alzheimer's (Last Kiss Goodnight)}. ___________

Music Video: IMDb Watch Now Link: Gem Club - Polly.

38. Metallica: The Memory Remains (1997 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for Metallica's 1997 single "The Memory Remains."

Director: Paul Andresen | Stars: Marianne Faithfull, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Metallica

Votes: 97

39. Alive Inside (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

67 Metascore

Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett | Stars: Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Nell Hardie, Norman Hardie

Votes: 2,903 | Gross: $0.15M

IMDb External Link: 'Alive Inside' Official Site.

40. Het doet zo zeer (2017)

87 min | Documentary

An up-close portrait by Heleen van Royen of her mother, who has been diagnosed with stage one Alzheimers disease.

Director: Heleen van Royen

Votes: 81

41. Leftovers (I) (2017)

70 min | Documentary, Animation

Photographer Seth Hancock was ASKED to make a documentary on a subject matter that meant nothing to him - Senior Citizens and Hunger. So he traveled across America to discover why senior ... See full summary »

Director: Seth Hancock | Stars: Seth Hancock, Shane Bernardo, Beverly Berry, Enid Borden

Votes: 37

IMDb External Link: 'Leftovers' Official Site.

42. The American Nurse (2014)

81 min | Documentary, Biography, News

69 Metascore

THE AMERICAN NURSE is a heart-warming film that explores some of the biggest issues facing America - aging, war, poverty, prisons - through the work and lives of nurses. It is an ... See full summary »

Director: Carolyn Jones | Stars: Carolyn Jones, Jason Short

Votes: 27

43. Vergiss mein nicht (2012)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

Filmmaker David Sieveking portays the home care of his mother who, like 2 million other people in Germany, suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. David's parents had been a part of the student ... See full summary »

Director: David Sieveking | Stars: Margarete Sieveking, Malte Sieveking, David Sieveking

Votes: 405

IMDb External Link: 'Vergiss mein nicht' Official Site | German. _____________________

Senior & Disabled Citizens

IMDb Watch Now Link: Abandoned (2011). __________________________

The Life & Times of Joan Hopkins

IMDb Watch Now Link: Joan (2008 Short Film). _____________________

Moving to an Elderly Home

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie {The Last Song (English Subtitles)}. _____________

Narrative Film

A Grandson and His Dying Grandmother

IMDb Watch Now Link: Denial (2010 Short Film).

44. Mientras Se Espera (2017)

75 min | Documentary

Lola lives in a public nursing home, where even the only coffin is shared. Calling her mum and taking care of her husband, both now long gone, is part of her daily efforts to give value to her existence.

Director: Paola Villanueva Bidault

Votes: 14

IMDb External Link: 'Mientras Se Espera' (While Waiting) Official Site - Click on US flag icon for English language.

45. Sunset Story (2003)

73 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Lucille and Irja are retired residents of Sunset Hall, a Los Angeles home for the elderly. Residents of Sunset Hall are retired radicals; they have retired from work but not from protesting... See full summary »

Director: Laura Gabbert | Stars: Lucille Alpert, Irja Lloyd

Votes: 138