Jon Savage, from his book on the subject) Matt Wolf decided to make a documentary all about... what? I'm not exactly sure. Ostensibly Wolf & Savage want to explore the coming of the "teenager" -- which supposedly occurred around the turn of the 20th Century, though the name itself arrived closer to mid-century -- along with the changes all this presaged.
Ben Wishaw and Jena Malone. These are the least successful portions of the film, falling somewhere between documentary and narrative, and ending up much less energized than most of that fine archival footage. Due to the slap-dash, all-over-the-place, toss-in-anything-that-might-apply nature of the movie, Teenage left me less than satisfied, though I did appreciate some of its stunning images (above and below), sprightly pace and short (78-minute) running time.
Bright Young Things, America's Hair and/or the under-seen Swing Kids, Iran's No One Knows About Persian Cats and especially Russia's Hipsters for a crash course in the connections between kids, culture, rebellion and music.