Disco and Atomic War (Disko ja tuumasoda) (2010)
as Young Nikolai
as Joosep's Father
as Joosep's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Disco and Atomic War (Disko ja tuumasoda)
A playful compendium of archival footage, dramatic reconstructions with a surreal comic edge and solemn talking heads.
It's the true story of how the Soviet government that ruled Estonia into the 1980s began to lose control when somebody discovered they could illegally tap into Western TV from neighboring Finland.
If another contemporary nonfiction film makes a better case for the still-controversial tactic of blending scripted scenes into factual footage, I haven't seen it.
Don't be completely deceived by the film's light touch; Disco and Atomic War still makes a number of salient points.
Audience Reviews for Disco and Atomic War (Disko ja tuumasoda)
Disco and Atomic War is an entertaining and intriguing documentary about a lesser known aspect of the later years of the Soviet Union. It focuses on how people in Northern Estonia were able to peek out from behind the Iron Curtain through Finnish television and radio, which enables the people to learn about things such as, well, Disco.
The way the information is presented is entertaining. They use clips of television shows and commercials of the time and tell amusing stories of the inhabitants of Tallinn (the capital of Estonia, located in the North), and of the powers that be, who tried to somehow control the "westernizing" of the local people.
The stories are somewhat absurd, and provide some fun humor into this documentary, a genre of movie which usually isn't all that "entertaining".
The effects of the subject matter, tv and radio, on the fall of the Soviet Union is blown a bit out of proportion, but that is normal for a documentary.
This is an excellent film about a topic, that is not as well known, even by the younger people in Estonia, who weren't alive at the time.
Final rating: 9/10
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