Pandora’s Box (1992) IMDb

Creators

Adam Curtis (writer-director).

Categorization

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

Subject

The misapplication and political abuse of science-adjacent pursuits throughout the 20th century: Soviet economic centralization, environmentalism versus ecology, industrialization in Ghana, and finally the past future of the atomic age.

Commentary

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

Curtis returned 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).

moving picture non-fiction series