The Anatomy Of Melancholy: Episode 11

A non-captioned version is available here.

The twenty first century may have invented ‘selfies’ and ‘likes’ and the assiduous construction of self, through social media; and this century may have refined an economic culture of aspirational emulation, around ‘influencers’ and ‘followers’; but narcissism was named by Ovid, so we didn’t invent that. Burton knows that the madness or melancholy lies in this direction and he puts it all in perspective with a concluding ‘zoom out’ to rival anything in cinematic history.

This is a short episode but strong, like a stiff drink, with a kick.

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