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The Century of the Self

There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads; He Must Be Destroyed

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two East

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In the 1960s, the influence of Freud's ideas in the US was challenged by a radical group of psychotherapists. This film looks at the consequent rise of the "me" generation. Show more

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Director:
Adam Curtis
Executive Producer:
Stephen Lambert

The Century of the Self

The Engineering of Consent

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two East

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This episode explores how those in power in post-war America used Freud's ideas about the unconscious mind to try and control the masses. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Adam Curtis
Executive Producer:
Stephen Lambert

The Century of the Self

Happiness Machines

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two East

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The relationship between the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, and his nephew Edward Bernays, who invented the profession of public relations. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Adam Curtis
Executive Producer:
Stephen Lambert

The Century of the Self

Episode 4: Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)

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This episode looks at how both the UK Labour Party and US Democrats have used psychoanalytic techniques - namely, focus groups - to mislead and gain power over the masses. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Adam Curtis
Executive Producer:
Stephen Lambert