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True/False Film Festival 2015

22 April 2015 4:39 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

To begin with a disclosure: I was granted free admission to this year’s True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, and the festival paid for my travel and lodging as well. I still hope that I’m able to provide insight into the films I saw there.Bitter LakeSince attending the True/False Film Festival last month, I’ve been chewing on some ideas that Adam Curtis, the gifted essay filmmaker behind The Century of the Self and All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, shared in a lecture-cum-multimedia presentation that he called “Unstoryfiable.” Over the course of an hour, Curtis identified what he considered the major philosophical problems of our time, the unifying theme being a general failure of imagination in western culture. We’ve become a civilization obsessed with data, he argued; in our determination to predict the immediate future based on patterns of past behavior, »

- Ben Sachs

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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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