Pandora's Box (1992 IMDb)

Categorization

Adam Curtis's debut as head of a whole series, already true to his style.

Subject

The misapplication and political abuse of “science” throughout the 20th century: Soviet economic centralization, environmentalism versus ecology, industrialization in Ghana, and finally the past future of the atomic age. Curtis returns to two of the subjects in later series: Cold War game theory, which is seen from a cultural angle in The Trap (2007), and Thatcherite monetarism, revisited in The Mayfair Set (1999).

Commentary

Less polished than his later work, but funny and absorbing.

Adam Curtis documentary series