Walk into The Trap

Three hours of terrifying pleasure for you — Adam Curtis’ rather brilliant TV documentary series THE TRAP. Trust me to require an American to alert me to the existence of a BBC production — Comrade K, the Brooklyn Guerrilla, notified me about this excellent and mind-popping series, and while we agree that Curtis’s musical choices are often a mite monotonous and hackneyed (filmmakers: NEVER use any piece of music you already associate with a film or TV show, unless you’re engaged in parody), his imagery is often striking, and above all else his ideas are sharp, unconventional, and crisply expressed.

By the end of part one, brains will be buzzing, nerves will be jangling, eyes will be darting this way and that, looking over shoulders at the approaching thought police.

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3 Responses to “Walk into The Trap”

  1. Oh yeah, this was high of my list of best stuff I watched in ’08 (tried to embed a link just there but couldn’t figure how). Not really available on video so I had to watch online… dying to check out more of Curtis’s long, scary movies. You’re referring to the “Halloween” theme? I remember he uses that a few times… also uses songs by my fave band Yo La Tengo which I didn’t mind at all.

  2. Oh, everything he uses he uses multiple times, usually several times in the same episode. A better approach would be to find a brillant but affordable electronic composer, play him this stuff as a temp track, and get hi to write a score which does the saem stuff but in a unified way.

    Failing that, if he wants to preserve the collage effect (after all, the film is mostly found footage), he needs to mix it up more and use less obvious/familiar stuff.

    But this is in the realm of the quibble.

  3. I don’t know – I loved the soundtrack. Every time the description of a nefarious scheme is relayed to us the frisson of a dark Carpenter theme sends a shiver down the spine and reminds us of the dark manipulations and sinister conspiracies occuring! Sort of like the X Files but if it had sinister music rather than Mark Snow’s noodling underscores! The constant repetition I found just made it darkly funnier too!

    Anyway you should definitely check out The Power of Nightmares (2004): http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk1WkmioQvA

    and The Century of the Self (2002): http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=f3LSyck0YTE

    and Pandora’s Box (1992): http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XpGKHqZURG4

    and the piece for Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe about the rise and fall of the TV journalist: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=O9FaIyc4vpU

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