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The Atomic Cafe

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Released 1982

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Director:
Kevin Rafferty , Jayne Loader
Released:
1982
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The Atomic Cafe is a 1982 documentary about America's often comical attitudes about the nuclear age in the years right after the end of World War II. Using archival footage, mostly culled from the late 1940s and early 1950s, it shows how the government attempted to downplay the dangers of a nuclear war to its citizens. One film, intended for school children, features an animated turtle going into his shell when he anticipates an exploding firecracker. He helpfully explains that children should do the same thing during a nuclear attack but hide their eyes to protect themselves from the bright light of the blast. In another, worried citizens are chided for their undue anxiety about nuclear war, after all, only 15% of the population would be killed in an all-out nuclear war. The filmmakers behind The Atomic Cafe, Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader and Pierce Rafferty, spent more than five years compiling the material presented in this film.
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    Documentary, Drama

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    Military & War, History, Independent