Entertainment Movie review: 'Teenage' -- 3.5 stars "Teenage" is a new documentary that explores the concept of adolescence. Photo Credit: Cinereach/Anna Rose Holmer By ROBERT LEVIN firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Updated March 11, 2014 7:02 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Documentary by Matt Wolf Opens Friday at Landmark Sunshine Not Rated In his 1884 Memorial Day address, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. famously said of his generation that "in our youth, our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing." The future Supreme Court justice was speaking of the Civil War generation and his experience serving in the Union Army, but taken another way his words stand as a definitive testament to the teenage years, that heady time alive with hope and possibility, when we start questioning the truths to which we have been accustomed and discover our place in the world. For most of recorded history, though, the modern concept of teenager simply didn't exist. There was childhood, then adulthood, and that was that. Matt Wolf's documentary "Teenage," a collage of period footage and home movies, first-person narration culled from real teenagers and re-enactments, chronicles the birth of the culturally transformative notion that the interim years should be spent learning and exploring, rebelling and feeling things out. It's a fascinating endeavor, set between 1904 and 1945, with amazing images of young people from a multitude of backgrounds culled from across the globe and set to an engaging score by Bradford Cox. We see flappers, the earliest Boy Scouts, anti-Nazi Germans, young Depression-era workers, androgynous partiers, swing dancers and more. The fire of youth has rarely seemed more acute. By ROBERT LEVIN email@example.com @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Oscilloscope is bright spot of NYC indie filmThe film distributor is releasing the new documentary "Teenage." Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.