Hauntings and Nail Bars


I’ve mentioned documentary maker Adam Curtis here before, and over the last year I’ve managed to track down all of his extraordinary polemics-on-film that seem to have a very polarising effect on his viewers (argument is a good thing – there are too many tentative opinions on websites).

Now he’s assembling a vast amount of BBC footage from the war in Afghanistan, here. He’s particularly interested in the material we haven’t seen that helps to expand our ideas about the situation. These are US soldiers having their nails done in a Bagram beauty salon. Go to the site and check out some of his extraordinary finds. I warn you, though – if you go back to his main site, you won’t get any work done for the rest of the day.

Curtis has a lighter side, too. He created a fascinating documentary here about the way ghosts moved from castles and historic homes into the suburbs. It’s funny, bizarre and rather poignant, here. Another warning; it contains examples of extreme wallpaper.

3 comments on “Hauntings and Nail Bars”

  1. Dan Terrell says:

    Chris: Thanks for the warning. I took a peek at his main site and felt I was being draw in, as I knew or met at least several of the people he mentions, particularly Louie Dupree and his then wife, Nancy, who lived in Kabul right behind my future German wife’s parents. Last I heard Nancy was still living in Peshwar and working with the Afghans refs. there. I will go back to the site.
    If I may add a bit more and a great comment: I lived in the country nearly six years at a time of development and peace; with the women coming out from under their chadris, taking jobs and having a say in the government, if slight. Afghanistan is, was, an amazing country with so much history (I think of it as the attic of the world), the people were welcoming and interesting, and interested in the world outside. And the landscapes and clear skies, especially at night! It was also edgy enough when you were travelling to keep things interesting.
    On the way to Afghanistan, I landed in Britian to overnight. The Immigration offical at Heathrow looked at my passport, at me, stamped a bit, handed it back, and then said: “I wish you better luck there than we had.” How cool of him was that!

  2. J. Folgard says:

    I’m going to spend my evening watching/reading this -thanks for the heads-up!

  3. Ken says:

    I would suggest searching youtube for “The Loving Trap”, a spot-on pastiche of the Adam Curtis style.

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