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The Family Album
Directed by Alan Berliner • 1988 • United States
Alan Berliner’s experimental documentary draws from a vast collection of rare 16 mm home movies, shot by some sixty families between the 1920s and the 1950s, and weaves them into a composite lifetime of celebrations and struggles that passes from childhood to adulthood, innocence to experience. The result is a universal yet intimate portrait of the American family, not scripted, not rehearsed, and shot through with the conflicts and contradictions that define our private lives and rituals.