Adam Curtis autofive.
I love Adam Curtis and his horribly slanted propaganda.
Obviously at an hour long this represents a significant time investment, so if you want to talk a couple of evil highlights:
part 2 contains the worst French pronunciation you are ever likely to hear and at 7:01 has a bunny being given Electro Shock Therapy. It must have been depressed. :(
part 3 at 5:07 shows a lady with her brain being hacked (metaphorically) and at 7:54 tells the unfortunate tale of Acoustic Kitty.
- but really, the whole thing is worth watching.
Adam Curtis documentaries always set me slightly on edge. The way this one uses the concept of memory for example, especially as it relates to computer memory, cultural memory, personal memories it seems like it's taking a lot of distinct concepts and events then braiding them together in order to have a rope which to hang a story off of.
The actual story, the relationship between cognitive science, psychology and the government is a really interesting one. With Curtis though I rather got the impression that in trying to create a single story arcing from Wilder Penfield to Norman Schwarzkopf, he's at once conflating things that aren't necessarily related, and dropping out alot of things that don't lead in the direction he wants them to go.
Still five stars though, because I watched the entire thing and really enjoyed it.
This was made in '95 - I think his technique has improved since then, if only be keeping things tighter (although I'm not quite sure what to make of "It felt like a kiss").
And even when I feel on some level that at times he's a little wide of the mark or stretching things, his documentaries always give me a funny feeling in my tummy that I associate with an increased awareness of something horrible and/or amazing.
This was a fun, chilling, and interesting documentary.
Acoustic Kitty, never forget.
-1 star for choosing a depatterning victim who isn't really representative. Seriously, if you get a chance, look into what actually happened to the patients who underwent Dr. Cameron's "psychic driving" regimen (I recommend "In The Sleep Room"). They were institutionalized, usually for mild disorders like depression and insomnia, and most (unlike the woman in this documentary), came out completely emotionally-crippled by the experience. One patient basically lives like the guy from Memento and can't form memories.
-Another star for Adam Curtis. Love his documentaries but this is subpar -- where is the grandiose strawman conspiracy tying the vagaries of a school of psychology to the core inner-mechanisms of the world system? What? He couldn't find a way to tie this to Western imperialism or neoliberal capitalism? Naomi Klein did! Laziness I tell you.
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