Posted by: Christiana Nielson | February 27, 2010

Filmmaker Adam Curtis on ‘It Felt Like a Kiss’

Filmmaker Adam Curtis said the world went bad when hippies turned up.

He meant that the “this is right for me and that is right for you” attitude puts too much on individuals and lacks a worldview.

In his film, “It Felt Like a Kiss,” Curtis aims to resurrect the “ambiguous, pre-hippie” ideals that offer wisdom about the world, primarily through historical figures and pop culture.

The film screened at Odd Fellows Temple, which hosted Saturday morning’s “The Weird Wake-Up,” which featured breakfast followed by the showing.

This is the first time the film has played outside Manchester, England. Curtis was inspired to portray how power is exercised through stories.

“I think journalism has run out of big stories to tell us,” Curtis said at a Q&A after the screening. “Sometimes your little story is the most important thing.”

Among the characters shown in the film were Doris Day, Saddam Hussein and Lee Harvey Oswald, an unexpected combination.

Curtis said he refused to do visual metaphors in his film, but rather chose shots he emotionally liked.

“I spent a lot of time in a dark room,” Curtis said of the filmmaking process.

Breakfast at “The Weird Wake-Up” was catered by Café Berlin and Uprise Bakery. Coffee was provided by Kaldi’s.


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