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The Atomic Cafe

Author: Kevin RaffertyJayne LoaderPierce RaffertyPaul W TibbetsHarry S TrumanAll authors
Publisher: [New York] : Docurama : Distributed by New Video Group, Inc., [2002]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : 20th anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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"A dark comedy in the truest sense, this film took the nation by storm when it first debuted in theaters in 1982. A compilation of archival film clips beginning with the first atomic bomb detonation in the New Mexico desert. The footage, much of it produced as government propaganda, follows the story of the bomb through the two atomic attacks on Japan that ended World War II to the bomb's central role in the Cold  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Feature films
National Film Registry
DVD-Video discs
Music
Dark comedy films
Nonfiction films
Songs and music
Chants et musique
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Rafferty; Jayne Loader; Pierce Rafferty; Paul W Tibbets; Harry S Truman; William H P Blandy; Brien McMahon; James E Van Zandt; Lloyd Bentsen; Richard M Nixon; Owen Brewster; Dwight D Eisenhower; Val Peterson; Lyndon B Johnson; Lewis L Strauss; Seymour Melman; Mario Salvadori; Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev; Julius Rosenberg; Ethel Rosenberg; Archives Project,; Docurama (Firm); New Video Group,
ISBN: 0767043375 9780767043373
Language Note: In English.
OCLC Number: 49498425
Notes: Originally released in 1982.
Credits: Edited by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty ; archival research, Pierce Rafferty ; music coordinator, Rick Eaker.
Performer(s): Speakers from archival footage: Paul Tibbets, President Harry S. Truman, Vice Admiral W. H. P. Blandy (commander of the Bikini Test), Sen. Brian McMahon, James E. Van Zandt (United States congressman from Pennsylvania), Rep. Lloyd Bentsen, Richard Nixon, Sen. Owen Brewster, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gov. Val Peterson (director of Civil Defense), Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, Lewis L. Strauss (chariman, Atomic Energy Commission), Prof. Seymour Melman (Columbia University), Prof. Mario Salvadori (Columbia University), Nikita Khruschev ; archival footage of Julius Rosenberg, Ethel Rosenberg.
Awards: Added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 2016.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 85 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC; Dolby digital, stereo.
Contents: 1. The Trinity Test --
2. Guilt complex --
3. Bikini --
4. Year of division --
5. WWIII? --
6. Communist hunt --
7. H-bomb --
8. Radiation fallout --
9. Camp Desert Rock --
10. Duck and cover --
11. Atomic love --
12. Cold War.
Other Titles: Atomic cafe (Motion picture)
The atomic cafe
Responsibility: the Archives Project presents ; produced and directed by Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty.
Local System Bib Number:
211749

Abstract:

"A dark comedy in the truest sense, this film took the nation by storm when it first debuted in theaters in 1982. A compilation of archival film clips beginning with the first atomic bomb detonation in the New Mexico desert. The footage, much of it produced as government propaganda, follows the story of the bomb through the two atomic attacks on Japan that ended World War II to the bomb's central role in the Cold War. The 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. Profoundly shocking and perversely topical, the film craftily captures a panicked nation, offering a fascinating and witty account of life during the Atomic Age and resulting Cold War, when fall-out shelters, duck-and-cover drills, and government propaganda were all a part of our social consciousness."--Container.
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