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The Atomic Cafe (1982)

Director: Jayne Loader, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Video Group
Genre: Documentary, Military
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
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 sequence, a pack of pigs are dressed in Army uniforms and left to die at "Ground Zero" during a nuclear test to see if human beings (who purportedly have the same skin consistency as pigs) could endure such an ordeal. Fascinating though it is, Atomic Cafe makes its basic point early in the proceedings, then tends to repeat that point over and over rather than expand upon it. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



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