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The Atomic Cafe (1982)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1982 Wide

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The Atomic Cafe is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes sobering collection of film clips taken from American propaganda films of the 1950s. The thrust of the production is to expose the misinformation (and downright lies) dispensed by the government concerning the atomic bomb. We are shown vignettes from such classic instructional films as Duck and Cover, wherein school children are assured that they will survive a nuclear attack simply by huddling together next to the schoolhouse wall. In another

Mar 26, 2002

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This poignant, often funny docu consists of revelatory clips used by the government as propaganda about the Atomic Bomb.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of the most trenchant, bitter and horrific looks at the 'atomic' and Cold War era.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The film is not completely fair but it does convey a reasonably accurate sense of one aspect of the social consciousness following the War

July 21, 2006

Shocking, sobering, hilarious and insightful. You'll never look at nuclear war the same way!

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Strikes a middle ground between surrealism and pop culture.

March 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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The Atomic Cafe captures the Atomic Age and the resulting Cold War better than any documentary

September 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Atomic Cafe

This is easily the most bizarre documentary I've ever seen. Most documentaries use interviews, have a host who guides people through the film (example, Morgan Spurlock in "Super-Size Me"), and have some form a commentary with a narrator. "The Atomic Cafe" is very different. This film is made up entirely of newsreels and propaganda films to tell the story of the world after the atomic bomb and the paranoia of the Cold War. The only alterations the film makers have made is some editing and subtitles so we know who the people are. That's it. The rest is up to the viewer to gather for themselves. I know a lot about this period in history and some of the footage in this is almost as funny as it is disturbing. For example, a happy kids film with a cartoon turtle mascot who cheerfully reminds us "When you see the flash, remember, duck and cover, duck and cover, duck and cover!" If you want to kill an hour and a half, give this a shot. It can get a bit slow at times, but its definitely worth watching.
November 14, 2010
Jacob Ethington

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great document of the paranoia of the nuclear age with some of the blackest humor possible. made entirely from archival footage of atomic blasts, scary news reports and pretty hilarious civil defense propaganda full of misinformation. there are some upsetting scenes of blast victims as well. this would make a great double bill with strangelove
April 30, 2009
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