A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerfull mean of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

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Series cast summary:
Martin Bergmann ...
 Himself - Psychoanalyst (1 episode, 2002)
Ann Bernays ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Edward Bernays ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Enrico Caruso ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Werner Erhard ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Stuart Ewen ...
 Himself - Historian of Public Relations (1 episode, 2002)
Marcel Faust ...
 Himself - Resident of Vienna 1930's (1 episode, 2002)
Ernst Federn ...
 Himself - Viennese Psychoanalyst (1 episode, 2002)
Anna Freud ...
 Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Sigmund Freud ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
George Gallup Jr. ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2002)
George Gallup ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Joseph Goebbels ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Herbert Hoover ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Pat Jackson ...
 Himself - Public Relations Adviser (1 episode, 2002)
Ernest Jones ...
 Himself - Colleague of Sigmund Freud (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Erzie Karolyi ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Leopold Löwenthal ...
 Himself - Freudian Psychoanalyst (1 episode, 2002)
Alfred Pritz ...
 Himself - President World Council for Psychotherapy (1 episode, 2002)
...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Elmo Roper ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Peter Solomon ...
 Himself - Investment Banker Lehman Brothers (1 episode, 2002)
Peter Strauss ...
 Himself - Employee of Bernays (1 episode, 2002)
Woodrow Wilson ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
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A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerfull mean of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

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Disjointed anti-business propaganda

Four hours of often interesting historical information on the parallel development of the business of psychology with the business of marketing. Other than that the four hours are consumed with disjointed and veiled attacks on business and consumers. The tone of the presentation is monotonously ominous.

For reasons never explained, businesses springing up to give people exactly what they want - and this is always suggested to be evil. The viewer is told on one hand that people have grown more and more selfish and big-bad business has been there to contribute to this ailment ... while on the other hand we are told that people really don't decide much of anything at all without being manipulated by these dark forces called capitalists.

So which is it, businesses catering to the base impulses of people or people feeling base impulses because they are wooly-headed sheep manipulated by business? We are told that unbridled emotionalism governs selfish people, but it is suggested that properly enlightened leaders are somehow not guided by emotionalism but by heartfelt and properly-caring rationalism. Just how the leaders manage to grow up and avoid being manipulated by business and capitalism and develop properly to become rational gurus we are never told... However it is clear that we the people somehow never reach this nirvana. Outdated-neo-Marxist tripe....


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