BBC doc w/ tons of nifty archival clips, some of which aren't even really of what the narrator is talking about, but they work so well as symbolism for what is being discussed that they slip by entertainingly. My favorite clip is of Sigmund Freud littering. But the images and ideas are repeated ad nauseum, and by the time we get to the fourth episode (Blair, Reagan, Thatcher, Clinton) it becomes unbearably boring.
Every once in awhile, I want a little dose of the truth. The fact is that the truth hurts. You can't take too much of it at a time. This is 4 hours long, and I like it because it expands upon things he's dealt with before, and will touch on again in later docs. This one goes into great detail on the jackal headed demon known as Edward Bernays, who considered all people to be idiots who need to be controlled. Nice.
This magnificent documentary marks the beginning of a sprawling conversation with masterful filmmaker Adam Curtis about why and how we became the way we are, for better or worse, in Western Civilization. Some things about democracy and capitalism can't be unseen...
“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy."
"We are governed, our minds are molded, our ideas suggested, and our tastes formed, by smoking men we have never seen or heard of…..........................."
This documentary is like Errol Morris' version of The X-Files.