It Felt Like a Kiss - The Film

Friday 24 July 2009, 13:04

Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

This is the whole of the experimental film, It Felt Like a Kiss. It was the basis of the show I did in Manchester with Punchdrunk. The show may well come to London - but probably not till the end of the year. If you think you might want to go to the show, then you might not want to watch the film. Or you might.

The film has now been taken down

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    amazing, can't wait to see this! so glad it hasn't been delayed for the london show.

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    Ah, the benefits of working from home! Early finish, and get to watch this..just waiting for the music list and then some downloading to be done!

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    Who's the dead broad at 12:08?

    And 48:53?

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    Comment number 4.

    The film is brilliant, parts of the show make a lot more sense having watched it...some excellent and unique footage in there, as well as a great soundtrack..in short, awesome..

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    I regard everything I've ever seen from Adam Curtis as a "must-see". This is no exception. I do hope my friends in the US can watch this.

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    Does anyone have any idea as to when the list of music is going up? I'm knocking together a Spotify playlist at the mo..

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    Comment number 7.

    Just breathtaking. The closest thing to actual visual poetry that Curtis has ever created.

    I did miss the reassuringly dry tone of his voice, but I guess that was an essential abscence to focus the piece more on the cumulative mood of dread and fear than anything else.

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    The dead lady in the car - is she 'someone'? Or am I being cued to think about J. G. Ballard? This is all very impressive.

    (It's also nice to see the return of the Pandora's Box lady - damned if I can remember what she was meant to be advertising.)

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    Oh, and Lynette Fromme - can't forget Squeaky, that's a lovely little cameo.

    If there's a single criticism it's that the film feels too short - it all ends so abruptly. Thank you so much Mr. Curtis.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 11.

    Briantist you are giving too much away!

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    Comment number 12.

    This is a brilliant film, I can't wait to see it when it comes to London.

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    Loftus Lee: Sorry, I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Apologies.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Felt_Like_A_Kiss still relevant.

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    Comment number 14.

    Why UK only? :( Am a big Adam C fan but can't watch the film.

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    Comment number 15.

    copyright issues unfortunately..im sure it will appear in torrent form soon

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    Comment number 16.

    Fantastic. Can you put up a list of the archive clips and music? I'd love to know how much it costs to buy the rights for all the clips. For this at least, the licence fee is worth it.
    Who was the CIA clandestine system designer who shot himself? With all the CIA namechecks, thought you might have put in that the bogeyman himself, bin Laden, was a CIA asset in Afghanistan.

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    Just a question for the moderator. Any idea if the film will be available to watch on the website outside the UK?

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    Comment number 18.

    I found this new Adam Curtis work incredibly disappointing. Unlike with all Curtis's previous works I did not learn anything new of significance. This was essentially a series of now bland a clichéd info-bites such as that the CIA tried to kill Castro with an exploding cigar, Rock Hudson was Gay, and Sadam Hussein was backed by America. If any of this was news to you you must have been hiding under a rock for the past 20 years. There where a few interesting titbits such as a Sadam Hussein propaganda film that glorified his roll in Bathist take over of Iraq being edited by Terence Young the director of a couple of the James Bond movies but so what? There was also some good archive clips such as a Vietnam vet confessing to American war crimes but this film had nothing of great interest to say other than that the utopian vision America presented of itself in the post-war years wasn't all it seemed and that America's covert foreign policy saw the CIA get up no good but this is hardly front page news. While a shorter version of this film was shown as part of an installation at the recent Manchester International Festival, and that as a visceral experience it may have worked entirely differently in that context, Curtis has specifically chosen to release (and re-cut) this version online and it fails completely to live up too previous works such as The Power of Nightmares, The Trap and, his most important work, the amazing The Century of the Self. All of these are widely available online and in providing socio-political histories of the 20th century they allow us to see just how we got to where we are today. The original Reithian remit of the BBC was to educate, inform and entertain: these three works do this.

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    Comment number 19.

    Very impressive, but strangely unsatisfying. Too many unsubstantiated claims and statements, though I dare say it was the 'effect' that was of prime importance. Nonetheless the basic 'truth' that the west has lied, cheated and generally connived to impose its own values on the world in order to achieve primacy, whatever the cost to anyone who was percieved to be in the way, or indeed to its own people, needs to be brought out in the open and acknowledged. The problem is that it just fuels the prejudices of those who see conspiracies everywhere. WE are the conspirators. All of us who just allowed it all to happen, seeing only our own wellbeing as all that mattered. And now we are about to reap what we have sown. Such a pity that humankind is so weak, venal and small minded. It could have been paradise.

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    Comment number 20.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this, but would love to see it in context (in London!) before I can add any more. Although a great deal of the footage was familiar, there were some extraordinary sequences: Norman Mailer on the Twin Towers; the aforementioned G.I. etc. The music list (viewed as page source, was incomplete, but the last segue from Faust to Benjamin Britten made my day!)
    Thanks for putting this up!

 

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