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The Atomic Cafe (1982) Cold War Propaganda Films Remixed Into Anti-Nuke Propaganda

One of the defining documentaries of the 20th century, THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982) offers a darkly humorous glimpse into mid-century America, an era rife with paranoia, anxiety, and misapprehension. Whimsical and yet razor-sharp, this timeless classic illuminates the often comic paradoxes of life in the “Atomic Age,” while also exhibiting a genuine nostalgia for an earlier and more innocent nation.

Narrated through an astonishing array of vintage clips and music–from military training films to campy advertisements, presidential speeches to pop songs–the film revolves around the threat–and thrill–of the newly minted atomic bomb. Taking aim at the propaganda and false optimism of the 1950s, the film’s satire shines most vividly in the clever image splicing, such as footage of a decimated Hiroshima alongside cheerful suburban “duck-and-cover” routines. More than anything else, THE ATOMIC CAFE shows how nuclear warfare infiltrated the living rooms of America, changing the nation from the inside out.

Immensely entertaining and devilishly witty, THE ATOMIC CAFE serves up a revealing slice of American history: the legendary decade when we learned to live in a nuclear world.


The Atomic Cafe

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Nostradamus The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981) & The Late Great Planet Earth (1979)

Doomsday Double Feature!

They usta pump these movies on HBO when I was a kid. Orson Welles narrates over tons of stock footage. The prophecies of Nostradamus ‘n the Bible say were fucked…countdown to Armageddon.

Poor guy, he went from ‘the greatest film ever made‘ to tripe like this in his later years.

Beware of the Antichrist in the blue turban.

Watch New York City get nuked! The whole nuclear holocaust part scared the shit outta me.

Nostradamus The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

The Late Great Planet Earth


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