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Adam Curtis | 13:39 UK time, Tuesday, 15 December 2009

I've been asked to put the film from the It Felt Like a Kiss show back up. So here it is.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Does this mean the It Felt Like A Kiss show will be back for another run? I do remember you mentioning the possibility of staging in London (and perhaps Moscow???). Anyway, I love this film, so thanks for the upload

  • Comment number 2.

    back for another run? Juan Neira do you mean like a show or to re-air the program? Well anyways I really loved this one although "The Power of Nightmares", "The Century of Self" and "The Trap - What Happened to Our Dreams of Freedom" are on my top 5 documentary series list.

  • Comment number 3.

    Plato: I was referring to the show created by the theatre group Punchdrunk and Mr. Curtis, which had a brief run in this year's Manchester festival. As far as I'm aware, the It Felt Like A Kiss film has never been "aired"; the only place you can watch it is here.

    And yes,this is a really wonderful documentary, like all the others. I recommend you to check out some of his older material:"Pandora's Box", which is a fable about the age of science, and the "The Mayfair Set", which is just wonderful and which sheds some light on the current economic crisis. The ending in particular has turned out to be startingly prophetic.

  • Comment number 4.

    Juan Neira: thanks for the clarification

    I should have some time today to watch them, but I'll still have to find them. Thanks again

  • Comment number 5.

    I discover this year all your very good documentary, "the century of the self", "the power of nightmares" or "the trap", etc...all are very good journalist work. And I would like to warmly thanks you for that.

    As you are interesting in analysis and understanding evolution of individual and society. I would like to recommend you the research work of Emmanuel Todd https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Todd specially his initial book on this topic "Explanation of Ideology: Family Structure & Social System"

    I will not try to make a summary of it, but I really think his research could be of great help in your work...

    Hope it could helps,

    Thanks again

  • Comment number 6.

    More amazing work!

    When will the BBC put the set of your films out on DVD?

    There wasn't a Power of Nightmares post for the following qoute...

    "Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government." - Henry Kissinger, in an address to the Bilderberger meeting at Evian, France, May 21, 1992.

    Was Nobel Peace Prize* winner, Henry Kissinger, alluding to International terrorism?, Climate change?, or a Pandemic disease? - take your pick, they all fit the bill!.

  • Comment number 7.

    Adam, this is the 4th time I watched this now (and was also lucky enough to beg, borrow and steal a ticket to the show. I would like to praise you for the experimental style of the film (and the show). It plays with your emotions in a different way to your other documentary and would love to see you turning this to different subject matters to see what could be done.

  • Comment number 8.

    Can anyone tell me why this video says that it is "not available in my area" ??? I am in the us, but why should that matter?

  • Comment number 9.

    Please post It Felt Like A Kiss for all to see, again.

    I am in Europe and I can't see it in France or in Greece.

    Is it a matter of BBC Copyright that allows only viewing in the U.K. by the British subscribers?

  • Comment number 10.

    Is the show going to be run again? I really want to watch this but if there is a chance of going to see the show then I will not watch it!

  • Comment number 11.

    Amazing film, I really want this on DVD!

  • Comment number 12.


    I watched lately your documentary and I liked the idea, but it was filmed in such short frames that it reminded me of MTV.
    Anyway, I would like to ask you a question and it would be nice if you can answer it: did you ever watched the movies of Dusan Makavejev, and if you did, what is your opinion on them?

    Best regards

  • Comment number 13.

    I write from Spain and it looks the movie is "not available in my area"... Can anybody help me out?
    Thank you!

  • Comment number 14.


    I don't want to be naughty, but I want to help out the poor people who can't see what they would like to.

    There are ways to download files over the internet. Some of this is legal and some illegal. The most popular method is known as a bit torrent.

    Good luck.

  • Comment number 15.

    As one of the Queens subjects and a citizen of the Commonwealth my tax dollars were used in the making of this film, somehow. I would appreciate access to it.

    No taxation without representation!

  • Comment number 16.


    I live in the states, I have scene all of your work, however i have to download them all threw torrents off of and its not something that is easy for others. I think your works have great value but it is very hard to show them to people in the states because the all the companies want money and they are not up on streaming video sites like youtube. The video link in this page will not work in America. Please i beg you post this yourself on youtube and then argue fair use if they try to pull it down, it is an obvious work of critique for educational purposes, you will win, then i can easily share your work with a lot of people that do not currently have access to it.

    Unrelated this is a great movie the only thing i have scene close to it was panorama ephemera, I was wondering if that was part of your inspiration? If you havn't scene it you can google it or find it here.

    A suggestion for the next work, It would be nice if you could figure out some facts on the destruction of the American news structure, The Corporate buyouts, the passing of some of the old guard, the beginnings of the rise of O dearism, to the transition to the broad firng/laying off of investigative journalists. There is basically no fact based journalism in America anymore because Fox made a lot more money just reporting what ever it wanted. Then the others forced to compete economically followed suit along with everything bush was doing and the access of information and all that. I just really want to know how we got to where we are today in American news, were there any warnings and what can be done to bring it back. I feel that a intelligent working news system is essential in a working democracy or any representative state. Hopefully you agree and help, I fear with out British political/cultural intervention we will all be run into the ground by neo-facist Texans.

  • Comment number 17.


    Does anyone have an exhaustive list of the musical fragments used
    in IFLAK? In the same vein, most people shown in the film are easily recognizable,
    but who is the blond woman with the band-aid on her thumb and the saddle-nose
    who is presented in a series of family situations, e.g. dusting bookshelves, sitting
    in her living room, smoking on the beach etc. ?--She is something of a recurring
    theme in Curtis' work; some of the same fragments occur in Century of Self.


    Hans Pelleboer

  • Comment number 18.

    Is there no chance.... absolutely no chance that this will come to the United States (More specifically NY)? We need to have your presence here!!

  • Comment number 19.

    In the film who is the guy with a goatie we see directing a scene where a girl comes out of a salon?
    (Sorry a bit of a random question) we see him 10.07 minutes in. and he says "...well the only thing is everyone who's ever been in a beauty salon knows all the doors open out, they don't open in.." anyone that could fill me in would be greatly appreciated.

    I really liked this clip. Though the whole film was fantastic. Well done adam another masterpiece.


  • Comment number 20.

    Unfortunately, due to copywrong restrictions I was not able to view the clip here in Germany.

    However, I was just wondering whether the fact that "It felt like a Kiss" does not document or explain anything is partly an expression of Daniel Curtis being hopeless about the chances to move or change anything, instead taking refuge in purer artistic forms of expression.

    I did a small podcast about two questions I would like to be able to ask Adam Curtis here:


  • Comment number 21.

    Looks fascinating – I've watched 20mins of this an enthralled, but will have to return to watch the rest later. Thanks to Adam and all that made this film. I didn't get the chance to see the 'show' element in Manchester, but the usual eclectic mix of archive material, effects and mash-up approach, best evidenced by the soundtrack. While this is common with much of Mr Curtis' work, it works very well here – even without the trademark v/o.

    There's one question I'd like to ask Adam with regards to the choice of title. The masochistic theme, or sub-plot if you like, of The Crystals song has always unnerved me slightly (in a Lynchean kinda way), and I'm guessing that accounts for it's selection here. But are you implying that the disparate and complex political processes outlined in the film have triggered a kind of collective self-harm in the west?

    Maybe I'll have to watch the rest of the film to find out... : )


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