The Century of the Self (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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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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Crucial viewing for anyone ever exposed to advertising
25 January 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It cannot have been easy to make a documentary series about the history of advertising and consumer society, about ethics (and their absence), about notions of the self and its manipulation in the interests of power and profit. In "Century of the Self" Adam Curtis lays bare the mechanisms of consumerist brainwashing. He does so in an entertaining and engaging manner, using archival footage, amateur videos and interviews of great historical and ideological value. His voice-over is sometimes humorous but the script never loses touch with the seriousness of the topic. This series is so important and watchable that I expose my students to a few of its most crucial extracts. At the best of times, the more thoughtful students seem anyhow to wonder what weird kind of world they have been dumped into. After seeing this film most of them start asking essential questions about ethics, propaganda, manipulation, individual liberty, etc. Essential viewing, I think, for anyone endowed with a brain, a critical spirit and a modicum of self-respect.


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