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The Century of the Self is an acclaimed UK documentary series of Adam Curtis first screened in 2002 in four parts.
[quote]"This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy."[/quote]
- Adam Curtis' introduction to the first episode.
Documentary about the role of psychoanalysis, marketing, and public relations in the united states. This film was produced by the BBC for public television, and therefore the filmmakers were able to use "copyrighted materials" for a much reduced rate. It is rich, intriguing, thought provoking, and a powerful example of "film as literature," being as stimulating as a great book. It is also of a genre much under represented in documentaries: a work of critical theory, in this case a sort of Marxist Psychoanalytical approach to history. The movie is one that demands to be watched over and over again, and inspires one to do research outside of the text to discover more; it also encapsulates and maps our psychoscape and history in a radically fascinating way which may suprise many viewers. It gives a whole new perspective on history and where we are today- and does so in novel, subtle, brilliant ways.
Startling Documentary About How Corporate Elites Reasserted Their Dominance Using Public Relations/Propaganda it is a great documentary with insightful interviews and excellent commentary from Adam Curtis. If you are wondering why the U.S. and its people are in their current terrible condition, this documentary explains some of the important parts of how we got here. Along with the analyses of Manufacturing Consent, An Unreasonable Man, and The Corporation, one can more fully understand how and why Big Business and their allies have taken control and kept control of the political economy of the United States, and subordinated the American people through propaganda, consumerism, and oppression through law and the power of the state.
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