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    I'm hesitant to post a clip because it's pretty dark yet so beautiful, and real, forcing the watchers to look at what is actually going on in the world... anyway the non-narrative documentary Baraka is beyond beautiful. It's dated now (1992), but... it's so good.

    From wiki- "Baraka is a documentary film with no narrative or voice-over. It explores themes via a compilation of natural events, life, human activities and technological phenomena shot in 24 countries on six continents over a 14-month period."

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    There's a new Adam Curtis documentary - a series of 6 episodes about 75 minutes each.

    I've seen one episode so far and it was generally as incoherent as his other stuff, but interesting nonetheless.

    The episodes are on Youtube (although I notice at least one is unavailable due to a copyright violation claim by the BBC - that may just be a UK-thing. Maybe you can find missing episodes elsewhere).

    Wikipedia: Can't Get You Out of My Head (TV series)

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...nlZBDvaQ7baH7B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subteigh View Post
    There's a new Adam Curtis documentary - a series of 6 episodes about 75 minutes each.

    I've seen one episode so far and it was generally as incoherent as his other stuff, but interesting nonetheless.

    The episodes are on Youtube (although I notice at least one is unavailable due to a copyright violation claim by the BBC - that may just be a UK-thing. Maybe you can find missing episodes elsewhere).

    Wikipedia: Can't Get You Out of My Head (TV series)

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...nlZBDvaQ7baH7B

    I watched it and listened to some of his interviews (there's a very short one with Russell Brand and some hour-long ones).

    His argument is that the rise of individualism has led to the decline in political participation. With politicians having lost their traditional support base, they had no choice but to turn to big business and the financial sector. We have more individualism now, but we are only free to express it within the limiting confines of the technocratic and managerial systems established by these entities.

    Overall, he elaborates on the themes he introduced in "Century of the Self". He goes back-and-forth between the different stories a lot and doesn't tie up some loose ends, and I can see why some people might think it was incoherent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xerxe View Post
    I watched it and listened to some of his interviews (there's a very short one with Russell Brand and some hour-long ones).

    His argument is that the rise of individualism has led to the decline in political participation. With politicians having lost their traditional support base, they had no choice but to turn to big business and the financial sector. We have more individualism now, but we are only free to express it within the limiting confines of the technocratic and managerial systems established by these entities.

    Overall, he elaborates on the themes he introduced in "Century of the Self". He goes back-and-forth between the different stories a lot and doesn't tie up some loose ends, and I can see why some people might think it was incoherent.
    Some episodes were stronger than others, including the last one, but overall, it didn't seem as good as some of his previous stuff.

    I think watching this parody years ago verbalised some doubts I had about his style that I couldn't put into words.


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