“I wanted to do a film about what it actually felt like to live through that time … Where you could see the roots of the uncertainties we feel today, the things they did out on the dark fringes of the world that they didn’t really notice at the time, which would then come back to haunt us.” – Adam Curtis (The Guardian interview)

It Felt Like A Kiss is documentarian Adam Curtis’ 2009 film that, working in the “video essay” format, explores America’s post-1950s rise to power through the use of archival footage, movie clips, and pop music (while also implementing the filmmaker’s trademark use of typography/text; it doesn’t, however, feature his usual voice-over narration).

The piece was originally commissioned by the BBC and was eventually integrated into a large multimedia theater production first performed at the Manchester International Festival with an accompanying musical score written by Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) and performed by the Kronos Quartet.