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The Living Dead

Conspiracy|11 Nov, 2012|57 Comments |
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The Living Dead (subtitled as Three Films About the Power of the Past) is the second major documentary made by the film-maker Adam Curtis and tells why certain memories have to be buried and forgotten because they contradicted the optimism of the big historical picture.

On the Desperate Edge of Now:

This episode examined how Germany had rewritten and manipulated the various national memories of the Second World War in the Cold War period. For Germany, this began at the. For the Allied countries, faced with a new enemy in the Soviet Union, there was a need to portray WW2 as a crusade of good against evil, even if this meant denying the memories of the Allied soldiers who had actually done the fighting, and knew it to have been far more complex.

You Have Used Me as a Fish Long Enough:

In this episode, the history of brainwashing and mind control was examined. Curtis pursued the angle in the way in which psychiatry pursued tabula rasa theories of the mind, initially in order to set people free from traumatic memories and then later as a potential instrument of social control, and to this end even the work of Ewen Cameron was surveyed. The programme’s thesis was that the search for control over the past via medical intervention had had to be abandoned and that in modern times control over the past is more effectively exercised by the manipulation of history.

The Attic:

In this episode, the Imperial aspirations of Margaret Thatcher were examined as to how she used public relations in an attempt to fulfill a political or national end. The title is a reference to the attic flat at the top of 10 Downing Street, which was created during Thatcher’s period refurbishment of the house, which did away with the Prime Minister’s previous living quarters on lower floors.

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57 Comments

  1. 099749 says:

    cute. I take you agree with memory wiping?

  2. 099749 says:

    My posts not showing up again!

  3. 099749 says:

    you are your past, they make you who you are.she was murdered and now she is someone else, is she a better person?Who kind of arrogant idiot would think that they could or should be allowed to decide who someone should be. And look at the horrors the scientists did thinking they new better. Evil bastards the lot of them! start again she has to, shes still free, yet who she was is dead- and she’ll never know. Always with the best intencions is the worst work done

  4. 099749 says:

    Man is NOT A FUCKING MACHINE!OUR MINDS ARE NOT ROBOT COMPUTERS!The insanity of scientists that think that.

  5. And how sad is that woman really there she is head screwed by the bastard and really saying “Thankyou big brother for fucking me over- you helped me I’m free now”. Don’t give them that, they should all be in prision where they fucking belong!I will say for me the horrors they put me through- I will never be thankful for, yet I am as I am as a result of them, thanks to me pushing through it all, I atleast remember. And justice I seek! You sick fucking nazi scum!

  6. Where do people get ideas from, are they not reflections on the past, a smell, something you saw once, relating to something else- new ideas comming from the past and your reflections upon it, you memories of a book or story, a film. To destory the memory of a person no matter how bad or good- is a form of murder in the extreme!We are the sum total of or experience conbined with our soul, and that should be respected!

  7. Is she free of that? She’s pushing on forward and has just had to except that she cannot remember the past. It’s like she thinks it should happen to everyone- For she loves big brother!

  8. cute. I take you agree with memory wiping?

  9. My posts not showing up again!

  10. you are your past, they make you who you are.she was murdered and now she is someone else, is she a better person?Who kind of arrogant idiot would think that they could or should be allowed to decide who someone should be. And look at the horrors the scientists did thinking they new better. Evil bastards the lot of them! start again she has to, shes still free, yet who she was is dead- and she’ll never know. Always with the best intencions is the worst work done

  11. Man is NOT A FUCKING MACHINE!OUR MINDS ARE NOT ROBOT COMPUTERS!The insanity of scientists that think that.

  12. man, i could use a memory wipe

  13. noklarok says:

    thanks for posting

  14. Nick Dee says:

    thanks for posting

  15. I think by ‘recapture the past’ she meant living through the past and effacing the present, hence she says ‘while keeping the memory’ – obviously, memory is necessary. The ego is built out of past memories, so individual and collective egotism involves a lot of squabbling over the past and past grievances in particular.

  16. wittgenmarx says:

    There are two dichotomous forces at work here..the desire to remember and revisit the past and the one to forget and to move on. Each impulse can be as strong as the other, each can be used for good or for ill. I think both of these conflicting impulses are a permanent fixture of the human essence.

  17. jimmonds says:

    Damn, just finished the doc and have forgotten why I watched it! Damn memory!

  18. Hubba Bubba says:

    That was brilliant, huh? Like the lady with the wiped memory says, “Memory is a dangerous thing.” I get it. Lots of the worst forces in our society today constantly quote history as a basis for why they should persue outrageous tactics to force their will on others. Hopefully we can let go of our need to recapture the past while keeping the memory.

  19. Excellent doc that tries to put the events and ideas in their historical context. (i.e., reconstructs our memory). So it’s ironic that the film almost winds up with an affirmation of the desirability of wiping out memory! Who are you Adam Curtis?

  20. rickyspurs says:

    That was fascinating. Thanks for posting!

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