The Atomic Cafe

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This film recounts a defining period of 20th century history and serves as a chilling and often hilarious reminder of cold-war era paranoia in the United States--artfully presented through a collage of newsreel footage, government archives, military training films, and fifties music.

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Critic Reviews for The Atomic Cafe

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  • The Atomic Cafe is a chilling memory of life in the first years under the mushroom umbrella.

    May 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Viewers old enough to remember "duck and cover" drills and homemade fallout shelters (and suits!) will get a special charge out of "Atomic's" many archival gems.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Atomic Café at times feels like an essay film, but its points come across cumulatively, subtly.

    Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film fails to offer even the barest social context for its material.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Deserves national attention.

    Aug 30, 2004
  • While some of the specific elements of The Atomic Cafe were already passe at the time of the film's release in 1982, the prevailing spirit of Loader and the Raffertys' documentary remains just as potent.

    Dec 20, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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