Jena Malone
Review: A sense of mortality infuses 'Teenage'
Review: A sense of mortality infuses 'Teenage'

Conventional wisdom has it that the concept of the teenager was born with American bobby-soxers. But as Jon Savage's rich cultural history book "Teenage" showed, through extensive research and leaps of insight, it's an idea with much deeper roots, stretching back to late 19th century Europe. Matt Wolf's documentary by the same name, co-written with Savage, is a far less complex inquiry than the book on which it's based, and it can feel repetitive and oversimplified. Aesthetically, though, it has an aching, dreamlike pull, constructing a panoramic view of history through the prism of collective and personal memory. The collage-style essay interlaces...