Explore Adam Curtis’ amazing socio-political documentary series Can’t Get You Out of My Head. By linking together history and societal norms, it shows how modern day thinking is intertwined with individualism, collectivism, conspiracy theories and national myths. Furthermore, by looking at American imperialism, the history of China and artificial intelligence (and the failure of technology to liberate society in the way that technological utopians once hoped it might), Curtis’ shows how everything is connected – and ultimately – how it affects you.
Episode 1: Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain
Adam Curtis explores the beginnings of revolution in America, Britain and China: how people had grown wary of the corruption that power brings and yet found it difficult to move on.
Episode 2: Shooting and F**king are the Same Thing
The continued exploration of the revolutions of the 1960s from the points of view of Michael X, Jiang Qing and Afeni Shakur and the ways in which they failed in their revolutionary mission.
Episode 3: Money Changes Everything
How money had been used as a way of allowing people to live their desired life, yet money brought new problems.
Episode 4: But What If the People are Stupid
The emerging idea in the 1970s of a world without borders; non-governmental organisations (NGOs) feel compelled to change the world because, says Curtis, “politicians left and right had become corrupted by power and petty nationalism”; the unintended consequences of sending humanitarian aid to Ethiopia in 1984; the Chinese Communist Party resists calls within China for transparency; Russian democracy in turmoil after the fall of the Soviet Union; and how in the West a declining faith in politics among voters may have led to politicians becoming representatives of big business.
Episode 5: The Lordly Ones
The changing face of Britain: how Britain reinvented itself to avoid its past of the British slave trading and opium wars and how the British people started to believe the reinvention.
Episode 6: Are We Pigeon? Or Are We Dancer?
Tying the series together. How we have arrived where we are, a populace fearful of the future and how we might change that future.
- Release date2021
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Adam Curtis
- Production companyBBC Films