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Nietzsche – Beyond Good and Evil (1999)


Beyond Good and Evil is the first of a trio of documentaries, Human, All Too Human, produced by the BBC. This documentary is about German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and his gradual shift from religion to nihilism, and eventually, tragically, to insanity. Along the way we learn how he was influenced by Schopenhauer and Wagner, about his health problems, his unsatisfactory personal life, his period of seclusion in the mountains, the formulation of his most powerful concepts, and the posthumous misappropriation of his ideas by the Nazis. A concise and fascinating picture of one of the world’s most intriguing thinkers – a man described by Will Self as ‘the original punk philosopher’.