The Atomic Café (1982) is an acclaimed documentary about the beginnings of the era of nuclear warfare. It was created entirely from a broad range of archival film from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s – including newsreel clips, television news footage, U.S. government-produced films (i.e. propaganda), advertisements, television and radio programs.
The filmmakers opted to not use narration and instead they deployed carefully constructed sequences of film clips to make their points. Though the topic of atomic holocaust is a grave matter, the film approaches it with black humor.
Much of the humor derives from the modern audience's reaction to the old training films, such as the ‘Duck and Cover’ film shown in schools.
The film was released in April 1982. Its release coincided with a peak in the international disarmament movement and the film received much wider distribution than was the norm for politically-oriented documentaries.
It became a classic and greatly influenced documentary filmmaking.
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:40
If the Mainstream Media (MSM) or excessive use of social media has trained your brain into a state of "say it in a sound bite or I don't understand" - you should not be on my website. I say this frequently and I mean it. However, if you find complex subject matter intriguing and if you want to be truly informed, […]
Beating The Bomb
Created on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:23
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. -- Albert Einstein
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Dead In The Water – The Sinking of the USS Liberty
Created on Friday, 09 April 2010 18:35
During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli war planes and torpedo boats. Israel claimed that the whole affair had been a tragic accident based on mistaken identification of the ship. […]
Evidence of Revision
Created on Saturday, 19 September 2009 15:38
This is the mindblowing 5-part video documentary series "Evidence of Revision" whose purpose is to present the previously unavailable and even suppressed historical audio, video and film recordings largely unseen by the American and world's public.
The aforementioned recordings cover the assassination of […]
The Nazis: A Warning From History
Created on Saturday, 19 September 2009 14:22
The Nazis: A Warning from History is a 1997 BBC documentary film series that examines Adolf Hitler and the Nazis' rise to power, their zenith, their decline and fall and the consequences of their reign. It features archival footage and interviews with eye witnesses.
Part 1 - Helped Into Power
Part 1 […]