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Adam Curtis Trilogy: Power of Nightmares, Century of Self, The Trap [4-DVD set in Amaray Case]

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  • Producers: Adam Curtis
  • Region: All Regions
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1615774432
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Disc 1. The POWER of NIGHTMARES. Instead of dreams of a better world, today's politicians only promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. These nightmares an illusion -- a myth that has spread unquestioned through politics, the security services and the international media. Together, the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists created today's nightmare vision of an organized terror network, a fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. Those with the darkest fears became the most powerful. features 3 hours. Disc 2&3. The CENTURY of the SELF. To many the triumph of the self is thought to be the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Bur are the people really in charge? The Century of the Self tells the untold and controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests? Among the main characters are Sigmund Freud and his nephew Edward Bernays, who first used psychological techniques in advertising. Curtis quotes a Wall Street banker: "People must be trained to desire, to want new things." 3 hours. Disc 4. Explores how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's dysfunctional idea of freedom. The baleful influence of win-lose game theory on economics and international relations, of free market theory on society, for instance with over-the-counter drugs, bureaucracies and schools. "We Will Force You To Be Free" shows how the rhetoric of freedom has been used by revolutionaries to justify violence, by the neo-cons to justify "shock therapy" in Eastern Europe and more recently in Iraq, with horrific consequences. Certainly one of the most thought-provoking and intelligent films of recent times. 3 hours.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Watch, Decent Quality May 25, 2010
By Carl
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Definitely a great watch. The quality is decent, but clearly ripped off of television; BBC 4 promos interrupt the credits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Documentaries February 11, 2011
Quite simply; these documentaries are like nothing you will ever see again. Century of Self, a 6 hour show, is nothing short of like waking up in the movie The Matrix. Want to know what's going on in Egypt, the middle east and our war on terror? You will not get everything in one package like you will in The Power of Nightmares. Would you believe a severly disturbed mathematical genius, the paranoid schizophrenic john nash (the movie A Beautiful Mind is about him) helped lay out how we saw not only the Soviet Union, but how we began behaving toward each other as sociopathic, narcissistic paranoid schizophrenics ourselves.


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The most amazing thing to me is that so few people know about these documentaries. This needs to be seen by ever living person on the planet. I don't care if you are liberal, conservative, libertarian, atheist or whatever you call yourself, you will not have the whole picture of modern civilization until you digest these films.

If you find yourself asking "Why can't those idiots we elect fix these problems?" these are the films for you to see to answer that question.

One of the other reviewers said it's like finding yourself awakening in the movie the Matrix. That is factually ACCURATE. This is not hype or grandstanding, these films will change your perception of the world around you. You can keep living in the matrix if you want, but if you want to really be free, if you really want the world to work like you think it should, you will never have these things until you watch these films.

Note: You can find these on Youtube cut up into little sections. The quality of the video is about the same as what you find on Youtube. I still recommend them because the information is so valuable. Once you start watching, I think you'll be hooked.
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