The Atomic Cafe (1982)
Movie InfoAn ironic documentary about American propaganda during the early days of the atomic bomb, The Atomic Cafe makes its point through skillful editing of period footage. Instructional films such as the infamous "Duck and Cover" are contrasted with actual footage of atomic testing. The result is alternately hilarious and frightening.
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Critic Reviews for The Atomic Cafe
This poignant, often funny docu consists of revelatory clips used by the government as propaganda about the Atomic Bomb.
One of the most trenchant, bitter and horrific looks at the 'atomic' and Cold War era.
The film is not completely fair but it does convey a reasonably accurate sense of one aspect of the social consciousness following the War
Shocking, sobering, hilarious and insightful. You'll never look at nuclear war the same way!
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.More
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 strangeloveMore
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