Adam Curtis does not shy away from controversial subject matters in his documentaries, nor does he hold back from taking a particular point of view, eschewing the idea of a neutral narrator. This is a powerful and arresting documentary series – I ended up watching all four episodes back to back in a marathon effort.
Such examples are common throughout the documentary series – but they illustrate the key idea that people could be turned into pliable consumers by harnessing their irrational fears and drives and associating, through symbols, products to the satisfaction of those drives. Curtis then turns to explain the relationship between this state of affairs and the political institutions which arose to accommodate this changing sense of self. Curtis goes on to describe the woes of the New Left as it too tries to comes to terms with the new individual – but concludes how it has left modern democracies with extremely weak governments that are at the mercy of the whim of populations that dictate, almost directly, their short term and flawed policies. I think its impossible not to watch this documentary and not be stirred into a great flurry of thought and speculation. These ideas were put forward in opposition to the enlightenment ideals of reason and rationality – and the belief in an ordered universe, a logos which acted as a rational explanation of the universe as a whole. Adam Curtis’s documentary is a neat explanation of how this opposition in practice totally fails.
More of this last point below – but first its important to see that Romanticism has indeed failed to act as an oppositional force. With the falsity of that premise, follows the falsity of the idea that the individual is completely separate ontologically from the institutions of which, for the most part of its life, it serves as an instantiation. This is what the left has been trying to tell us all along – but the left has been spectacular in its failure to identify self-interest with the common good.
Is it possible, then, to create institutions which act as a true oppositional force to modern capitalistic institutions, which are neither based on romantic intuitions, nor the elitist convictions of the left? As an artist and filmmaker, I appreciate Adam Curtis’s work very much, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review of TCS.
It’s been quite a while since I wrote this post and the themes and ideas are no where near as fresh in my mind as they were back then. Walt Disney best 10 treasures of short films10 Short Animations Films that are required to attend to get a lesson in life! Split into three acts which focus the lives of ordinary citizens, the documentary shows the post-civil war Iraq, building the dashboard of a country that took different paths because of ethnic, cultural and religious.
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AG: It took us a while to zero in on a focus, but ultimately, we focus on how he changed the culture.

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Bernays had seen his techniques as the means for producing stable democracies – people were to be made placid and compliant through the satisfaction of their irrational desires with products. The aim was to get government off the backs of the individual and to let them express themselves as they liked.
This is its power as a documentary and since this is the essential aim of any informative piece, I think it is an enormously successful effort.
To really hit the point home, another episode should have been devoted to this point, I feel.
I want instead to draw out a theme that lurks underneath the narrative weaved by Curtis but is not explicitly touched upon. The relationship between these ideals of rationality and logos and the modern capitalistic society that evolved from them is complex and entire tomes have been written about it (and in fact it is my belief that enlightenment ideals can be preserved while standing in true opposition to modern capitalistic culture) – but given that one asserts that there is a link between the two, one can see why a romantic conception of self is supposed to stand in opposition to the enlightened conception.
And Curtis points to the phenomena which makes this apparent – the fact that modern capitalist society continues as it has before, even while the romanticist credo reign supreme in the minds of the general population. My conclusions about the ending are different, but I would now like to watch it again after reading what you wrote. Curtis exposes certain examples of propaganda being used yet perpetuates the anti -German WW2 propaganda.
It was directed by Leni Riefenstahl who had the full support of the Nazi party and is a brilliant but frightening picture of the power of fascism. In all, more than 80,000 videos come from nearly 200 countries that were into the hands of Kevin MacDonald.que placed in one day your personal images on YouTube platform.
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The documentary follows several artists, some of whom now considered stars, among them Banksy himself, who despite the anonymity is one of the most famous British artists, while perspective the value of art and what is or is not considered authentic today days.
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In addition to extensive historical footage, including archival interviews with Brown himself, the film includes modern-day interviews with Mick Jagger, who remembers first seeing Brown perform from the balcony of the Apollo Theater; Rev.
Though I am not clear exactly what footage the estate provided the full disclosure of items from the family added a valuable richness of the story. It went by fast and you clearly learn how one energetic performer blended big band, gospel and jazz and just rocked the world as he did it. A lot of them have their own careers and don’t always want to be associated with the James Brown band, but still, it was a terribly important moment in their lives.
There’s always stuff at the main archives, but the best stuff is always the unofficial material.
But I think there was also something more elemental in what he did that gave his music power. If you feel that we've used your work in error or against your wishes as the holder of those copyrights please send us a note and we'll immediately remove the content or cite the original source of your choosing. He took Freud’s key thesis that individuals were driven by unconscious irrational forces and used it to develop marketing techniques which are now common place today. What changes are the varying attitudes to these unconscious drives – and the way the sense of the individual self evolves throughout the century. The whole documentary is set up to bring us to this final conclusion – but fails in the last leg to provide decent empirical evidence. This theme concerns the failure of Romanticism (as a philosophy of self) to act oppositionally to the established capitalist institutions which evolved, ultimately out of the Enlightenment era and the evolution of modern Bourgeoisie (and the enlightenment philosophies the romantics were supposed to oppose). However, working with these characters reveals the dignity and despair facing when suggested to re-imagine their lives outside of that environment. The end of the journey for some, but just the beginning for John, Daniel and Panther, with 3,800 other young survivors, were selected to be restored in the United States.

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In his lively discussions with Moyers, Campell argues eloquently that these timeless archetypes continue to exert a powerful pull on our unconscious.
I first watched it when it was broadcast on BBC Three, but thankfully now it is also possible to watch Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait Online on YouTube.
I have always enjoyed the sound and persona of entertainer James Brown; though I am versed in his playlist I never had quite enough interest to seek out his biography. He is a producer on this project because he himself was impressed and, perhaps influenced by Brown.
Without it we may have only gotten imagery that is out in the public media; the film is much richer with the family’s involvement and this documentary has it all. So once they knew it wasn’t going to be superficial and we were going to give them the opportunity to say what they had to say, they jumped in. We found a reel from the Boston concert that everyone thought was lost — only the audio existed.
It seeks to analyse the different conceptions of the self in the twentieth century, and how these conceptions were ultimately used by corporations to manipulate consumers into purchasing their products. Some of the examples described in the documentary are priceless – some so ridiculous sounding that one almost doubts the veracity of the accounts. As the new assertive, unrepressed self emerges, however, this state of affairs can no longer continue. Voters left them in droves for the conservatives who embodied this new sense of freedom and autonomy for the individual. TCS explores in detail how Reich’s ideas of the self have become completely dominant in modern culture. To me he would have been a special player to watch, but despite not being born until he had long since retired I was brought up watching the likes of Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona and of course Zinedine Zidane. The Zidane film is one to watch when you’re in bed, in the evening, and want something soothing and calming to enjoy.
Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, the feature-length documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first time. Curtis takes large swipes at corporate capitalism in this documentary, but his target is even wider than this – he seeks to tell a story about the relationship between the differing conceptions of individualism and the capitalist, democratic institutions (corporations and governments) which organise themselves around these conceptions. While it is fine for the corporations who can continue to sell their products unabated, politicians are forced to play a similar game, and the creation of policy increasingly becomes determined by the whims of the demos. This falsity is brought into sharp relief by the success of the marketing companies in segmenting populations and convincing those populations to express that will through the purchasing of consumer products. I was delighted to read the concise way you’ve summed up some of the different schools of thought. I trust it will be a solid piece due to the people involved in making this two-hour retrospective of Mr. It wouldn’t be complete without the ‘distressed’ artist slumping to the floor and the cape coming over his form.
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That it fails entirely as a pragmatic imperative provides the clue as to why romanticism fails to act as a legitimate oppositional force.
The conclusion is that the human will has not at all demonstrated itself to be primary, but in fact is easily manipulated by corporations that employ scientific (enlightenment inspired) methodologies to facilitate exchange.
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