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This review is from: The Power of Nightmares: Rise of the Politics of Fear - An Adam Curtis Film [PAL - Clamshell Case} (DVD)
No doubt about it, this is one of the most astounding documentary series you're likely to see, apart from the two other titles by the same author (The Century of Self and The Trap).
This is an extremely dense, absorbing, and above all, worrying analysis of the politics of our time. There is so much that I could comment on that it is impossible to know where to begin. In fact, if you haven't been privileged to see it, together with its sequel, The Trap, there would be little point in going into details in this immensely important and complex subject of the politics of manipulation, or is it the manipulation of politics?
We are conducted by Adam Curtis through the labyrinthine world of psychology being applied to politics, whose insidious effects are all too palpable in the scary scenario that we today behold, whether it be in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, or what have you. There are dark forces at work which few of us have even contemplated, let alone know about, just below the surface of the body politic. This has nothing to do with conspiracy theories or wild speculations that are so wantonly bandied about by those who know very little.
If you want to know what are the real forces that move and influence our so called democratic world, then you really MUST see this and the other titles I have mentioned. I know that all this sounds like a plug for the works of Mr. Curtis, but in fact I have never heard of him nor know anything about him. I was just one of countless millions of what are clearly semi-informed people who came green to this series, but can now claim to to be included as one of the privileged few. You can do the same if you watch it.
Just a note about the technical quality of this DVD. This, as far as I know, has been issued privately, instead of by the BBC, where it was first broadcast. It is obviously of strictly minority interest, and perhaps that's why the BBC didn't issue it. Anyhow, it looks and sounds like a poor transfer from a VHS recording, and unfortunately lacks subtitles, which would have been of great help as the soundtrack veers between mediocre and unintelligible at times. Still, I am grateful for small mercies, and have no doubt at all that the content far outweighs the technical drawbacks.