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Gerontology & Geriatrics Studies

Cinematic Case Study: “I Never Sang for My Father”

  • Open or Close Rick J Scheidt*

    Kansas State University, USA

    *Corresponding author: Rick J Scheidt, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-1403, USA, Tel: 785-532-1483; Email:

Submission: October 26, 2017; Published: November 10, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/GGS.2017.01.000507

ISSN: 2578-0093
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In addition to their pure entertainment value, cinematic or feature films may powerfully influence views in popular culture about aging and the elderly held by younger and older audiences around the world. Educators and trainers in adult development and gerontology increasingly use such films to introduce discussions about aging and to assess how closely the fictionalized portrayals of elders and age-related issues match historical or contemporary reality. I Never Sang for My Father is a now-classic film that can serve these purposes.

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