The Atomic Cafe

United States, 1982

Film
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A painstakingly researched and brilliantly edited compendium of pro-nuclear propaganda from American newsreels, ‘educational’ material, military footage, advertisements, TV shows and pop songs. This was the Cold War at its most icy and all-pervasive, and no area of American popular culture seems to have escaped from its bitter ideological grip. This veritable flood of bizarre, horrifying and often ludicrously comic images is counterpointed on the soundtrack by an array of equally extraordinary songs.

Credits

co-director

Pierce Rafferty

Jayne Loader

Kevin Rafferty

production company

Archives Project Production Co

Language

English

Duration

01:32:00:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

34022

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Nuclear industry

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Nuclear warfare

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Nuclear industry

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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