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Release Date: 2004

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
Fundamentalist Islam and neo-conservatism seem to be at odds, but filmmaker Adam Curtis asserts that the two have more in common than one might think. In this documentary, Curtis compares the outlooks of American academic Leo Strauss and Egyptian civil servant Sayyid Qutb, each of whom rebelled against American individualism to form their respective movements. Their shared message is that fear unites, be it during the Cold War or today's War on Terror.

Director: Adam Curtis

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: BBC

Keywords: England, 1970s, 1940s, 2000s, 1990s, Rousing, Passionate

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's a fluid cinematic essay, rooted in painstakingly assembled evidence, that heightens and cleanses your perceptions. show more

  • Eye-opening political documentary focuses on "the strange world of violence and fear, fantasy and deception, in which we now live." show more

  • It's intriguing stuff, but Curtis overplays his hand when he underplays the existence of any real threat (Madrid? London? Amman?), proposes that Al Qaeda is a fiction and risks undermining the credibility of an otherwise compelling argument. show more

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