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From The Fanlight Collection
The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years
Directed by Keiko Ibi
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The longings for love and intimacy are never-ending. This Academy-Award winning documentary offers an extraordinary look at the emotional lives of elderly Americans. On stage, a drama group of seniors perform their roles with energy and laughter. Off stage, their lives are often lived alone, and in silence.

The Personals follows a group of senior citizens as they rehearse and present an original play at a community theater on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Drawn from the comedy and drama of their own lives, the play is structured around their quest for dates through the personal ads. As the rehearsals progress, the filmmaker's camera follows the individual members of the group into their homes, as it explores both the joys and the sorrows of growing old in America. The video paints a surprisingly humorous and in-depth portrait of a segment of our society whose inner lives are not often explored.

"A group of now single senior citizens living on Manhattan's Lower East Side speak with touching candor about love and loss in the years when middle age is a fond memory." TIME Magazine

"Strongly Recommended. A solid choice for aging collections."
Video Librarian

"Draws a humorous and in-depth portrait of seniors." Library Journal

"A sweet snapshot of America's elderly, The Personals is a delicate look at loneliness and the life lessons collected by a group of energetic senior citizens." Variety

Academy Award, Best Short Documentary
The International Documentary Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Frame by Frame Film Festival
American Society on Aging
American Psychiatric Association
Boston Jewish Film Festival

37 minutes / Color
Release: 1998
Copyright: 1998

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Subject areas:
Aging, Disabilities & the Arts, Health & Health Care, Sexuality & Aging

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