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One of the very first documentary series' from Adam Curtis, this film explores how history, and the memories of it, are manipulated by those in government to help control their populations. Part 1, officially entitled 'On the Desperate Edge of Now', examines how during the build-up to WWII the Nazi's done exactly this to get their population to submit to their leadership, but after WWII it was the allies who got in on the act, rubbing out all traces of Germany's Nazi past
In this episode Curtis takes a quick look over the mind control techniques of both Wilder Penfield and Ewen Cameron. The entire period covered is during the Cold War, when the CIA funded, almost exclusively, any science that was linked to the brain and the control of it. We are told that they felt the need to do this because the Soviets were believed to be deeply involved in this area of science themselves
The Attic - In this episode the Imperial aspirations of Margaret Thatcher were examined. The way in which Mrs Thatcher used public relations in an attempt to emulate Winston Churchill in harking back to Britain's "glorious past" to fulfil a political or national end.