The Century of the Self

The Century of the Self (2002)

A secret history of the 20th Century

  • Genre: Documentary, War & Politics
  • First Air Date: 2002-03-17
  • Last Air Date: 2002-04-07
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 4
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 58 min.
  • Production Company: RDF Media
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Networks: BBC Two
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The legacy of famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud informs the lives of people throughout the world even to this day, though it's a phenomenon to which most are unaware. The film is an exhaustive examination of his theories on human desire, and how they're applied to platforms such as advertising, consumerism and politics.

  • Keywords: psychoanalysis, miniseries
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    The Century of the Self Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 2002-03-17
    4 Episodes

    The Century of the Self Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Happiness Machines60 min
    Season 1Episode 2The Engineering of Consent60 min
    Season 1Episode 3There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads. He Must Be Destroyed60 min
    Season 1Episode 4Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering60 min
    • Adam Curtis

      as Narrator
    • Anne Bernays

      as Self
    • Martin Bergmann

      as Self
    • Robert Reich

      as Self
    • Edward L. Bernays

      as Self (archive footage)
    • Sigmund Freud

      as Self (archive footage)
    • Anna Freud

      as Self (archive footage)
    • Wilhelm Reich

      as Self (archive footage)
    • Tony Blair

      as Self (archive footage)
    • Margaret Thatcher

      as Self (archive footage)
    • Bill Clinton

      as Self (archive footage)
    • Ronald Reagan

      as Self (archive footage)
    Writing Adam Curtis Writer
    Production Adam Curtis Producer
    Production Lucy Kelsall Co-Producer
    Crew Adam Curtis Creator