The Children of Golzow (1961-2007)
The Up series inevitably inspired a plethora of spin-offs in other countries — Japan, Australia, South Africa and the United States. But one of the most exhaustive and interesting is Germany’s The Golzow Saga, which pre-dates Seven Up!. The series of films followed roughly 18 subjects between 1961 and 2007, and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest production period for a film.
Originally proposed as a project to be “the portrait of a generation growing up in a socialistic society: schools, teachers, vocational training, university, work, relationships, children,” the films follow these themes among key historical backdrops, such as Germany’s unification.