“When a nation is powerful it tells the world confident stories — they can be wonderful or frightening — but they make sense of the world.” It Felt Like a Kiss is Adam Curtis’s (The Power of Nightmares) psycho-archaeological dig into the mass psychosis that is the American Empire, buoyed by the most jubilant music imaginable. Built on fast-changing montages of archival footage, Curtis’s masterful essay fills a viewer with a devastating dread and a sense that everything we know is wrong. While America remade the world, its natives went bonkers: Lou Reed was given electroshock, Brian Wilson was ravaged by screaming in his head, Phil Spector became a nasty recluse. The upside: earthshaking, groundbreaking pop nuggets. It Felt Like a Kiss is devastating: a neutron bomb designed to obliterate all of our shared stories. —True/False
Adam Curtis (born 1955) is a British television documentary maker who has during the course of his television career worked as a writer, producer, director and narrator. He currently works for BBC Current Affairs. His programmes express a clear (and sometimes controversial) opinion about their subject, and he narrates the programmes himself.
After attending Sevenoaks School (a member of the ‘art room’ that produced musicians, Tom Greenhalgh, Kevin Lycett and Mark White of The Mekons along with Andy Gill and Jon King of the Gang of Four) Curtis studied for a BA in Human Sciences (which included introductory courses in genetics, psychology, politics, geography and elementary statistics) at the University of Oxford. Curtis taught politics there, but left for a career in television. He obtained a post on That’s Life!, where he learned to find humour in serious subjects.
Curtis makes extensive use of archive footage in his documentaries. An Observer profile said: Curtis has… read more
This is offensive humans are biological beings that came from this planet able to assimilate experience and searches for truth and meaning. We can survive but what we like to do is play, all we do is play.What is seen in this delve into American psyche is how we took a world and turned it into are own living game our life assimilated and put together just for us but as humans its what we do, put things together then make them have living impact, provide, there is no end game this is our existence. All these events happen perfectly and are unique. I speak from a place of need, to form reality wanting to make the world into something I can understand so I can swallow the world whole. The film makes me feel morbid looking down on these events and images. It makes me feel human and revel in humanity. Maybe we as people are the circle set in motion. Our lives are self destructive because of what we are not what we have become, if we can just find meaning, or we are a tool, out of natural existence came the ability for nature to ponder and study itself. And of course we cant be the only ones out there.
BAFTA winning BBC documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis (“The Trap” & “The Power of Nightmares”) turned this experimental film, briefly available online, into the film club element of an olfactory… read review