This past year, I enviously read reports from the TriBeCa and San Francsico Film Festivals about Adam Curtis’ documentary on the rise of fundamentalism, The Power of Nightmares. Reviews of the film were tantalizing, but despite demand, the film never saw a theatrical release in this country. I was able to catch Curtis’ four-part look at the impact of psychoanalysis on our culture, The Century of The Self, when it played a few months back at the Cinema Village, and I found the film to be an utterly compelling film of ideas about the way in which our culture of self-examination has morphed into the perfect, self-centered delivery system for consumerism and greed. It only made me long to find The Power of Nightmares.
Well, I finally found it. This may not be news to the rest of you, but the entire film, all three chapters, are available for legal download at archive.org. This is great news, and the files are downloading right now. Why didn’t anyone tell me? Oh internet, how sweet you are!