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A series every young person should see. This stimulating seven-part
series shows what has happened to our culture over the past 200 years
and how we view life today. The implication for our future and your
life are enormous and unavoidable. Winner of the World Medal at the
New York Festival.
#1: "Breaking the Past" shows that when a culture abandons
its religious traditions, it must find something strong enough to replace
those traditions to give people a sense of meaning. This episode compares
Enlightenment thinkers to Romantic thinkers and also looks at the revolutionary
ideas of the 20th century artists and writers including Allen Ginsberg,
Bob Dylan and Johnny Rotten.
#2: "Where Are We Going?" examines the 20th century's search
for answers to questions such as "Where do we come from?,"
"Where are we going?," and "Who are we?" Some key
people and films featured in this episode include Charles Darwin, Michelangel,
Jim Morrison and "Blade Runner."
#3: "Children of the Machine" explores the relationship between
culture and technology through the works of Ernest Hemmingway, Sigmund
Freud and Salvador Dali, and films including "Batman," "Nosferatu"
and "Blue Velvet."
#4: "The Lost Generation" describes how, with its moral base
shaken, an American generation began seeking alternatives to Western
Capitalism. Some of the key people and films featured include Albert
Einstein, Margaret Sangor, Billy Haley and the Comets and "Citizen
#5: "The Fat Dream" recounts how many people, unable to make
sense of the destruction from war, began seeking an escape through spectator
sports, music, gambling, drugs, alcohol and sex. Key personalities and
films in this episode include Joseph McCarthy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis
Presley and "Rebel Without a Cause."
#6: "The Winds of Revolution" shows how the youth movement
of the 1950s escalated into a rebellion against traditional values in
the 1960s. This was accented by politicized musicians such as Bob Dylan
and films including "Easy Rider," "Bonnie and Clyde"
and the Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band."
#7: "The Narcissistic Culture" explains how much of America's
culture, in a desperate search for absolutes, began turning to weight
loss, sex advice and religious television. Some of the key people and
films featured include Robert Mapplethorpe, The Sex Pistols, "The
Big Chill" and "Forrest Gump."
A PDF study guide is included.
Time: 3 hrs 41 min | Production Year: 1998