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We will force you to be free.

The extraordinary work of Adam Curtis is coming to the Ritz this April! $1 Screenings!

We will force you to be free.

Adam Curtis is not just a television journalist but a cinematic artist of the highest caliber. Since the early 1990s,  Curtis has made a number of serial documentaries and films for the BBC, linked through their interest in reassembling fragments of the past to try and make sense of the chaotic events of the present. Adam Curtis’ films all tackle the frightening question of how power really works in the world today. They are pop-music saturated secret histories that haunt you like half-remembered dreams.

The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz is proud to present POWER/POP: THE FILMS OF ADAM CURTIS. And coming in May, a very special Rolling Roadshow presentaion, in cooperation with with Fusebox Festival, of Adam Curtis' masterpiece IT FELT LIKE A KISS.

All screenings only $1!

 

THE CENTURY OF THE SELF
To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? THE CENTURY OF THE SELF tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in the United States and Britain. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?

THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES
In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares. THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion. It is a fantasy that politicians found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. Those with the darkest fears became the most powerful.

THE TRAP: WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR DREAM OF FREEDOM
Individual freedom is the dream of our age. It's what our leaders promise to give us, it defines how we think of ourselves and, repeatedly, we have gone to war to impose freedom around the world. But if you step back and look at what freedom actually means for us today, it's a strange and limited kind of freedom. THE TRAP explains the origins of our contemporary, narrow idea of freedom. It shows how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's idea of freedom.

ALL WATCHED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE
This is a story about the rise of the machines and why no one believes you can change the world for the better anymore. It's about how we decided that we were machines ourselves, decided to played video games and helped to start Africa's world war. This is a film about how humans have been colonised by the machines we have built. Although we don't realise it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.

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