"The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear"
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Bitter Lake – review: Adam Curtis’s beautiful, gripping film unravels a story of violence, bloodshed and bitter ironies

25 January 2015 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Beginning with a fateful meeting between President Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, Curtis delves into a mass of historical archives to shed light on Afghanistan and the west

‘Increasingly, we live in a world where nothing makes any sense,” says Adam Curtis. “Events come and go like waves of a fever, leaving us confused and uncertain. Those in power tell stories to help us make sense of the complexity of reality, but those stories are increasingly unconvincing and hollow.”

So Curtis – who made The Century of Self, The Power of Nightmares, and The Trap: What Happened To Our Dream of Freedom – has made a new film, called Bitter Lake (BBC iPlayer, now), about why those stories stopped making sense, and to try to make sense of them. It’s available only on BBC’s iPlayer, because that means it doesn’t have to fit in with tedious constraints »

- Sam Wollaston

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Bitter Lake: Adam Curtis's extraordinary career in clips

23 January 2015 2:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From That’s Life to The Power of Nightmares and All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace we take a look at the filmmaker’s greatest moments ahead of the iPlayer launch of Bitter Lake

The Observer profile: Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis’s newest film, Bitter Lake, which arrives on iPlayer-only this Sunday at 9pm, traces the threads between America, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia; between finance, oil, drugs and guns. Curtis has reviewed the unedited rushes of almost everything ever shot by the BBC in Afghanistan – many thousands of hours of news coverage from the country.

The atmosphere is of deep foreboding, and the soundtrack is dark and dingy, from ambient stirrings to Bob Dylan’s melancholy Forever Young. But when those trademark Curtis shots of dancing kick in, you’re off to the races again. There are darkly comic moments too: the Afghan The Thick of It, Carry on Up The Khyber, »

- Christopher Beanland

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