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On its 20-year anniversary, and not a moment too soon, THE ATOMIC CAFÉ is back to provide us with a much needed release of comic energy. A dark comedy in the truest sense, this timeless classic took the nation by storm when it first debuted in theaters in 1982. A chilling, provocative, and often hilarious reminder of cold-war era paranoia in the United States, THE ATOMIC CAFE reveals a defining period of 20th century history, artfully presented through a collage of newsreel footage, government archives, military training films, and fifties music. Profoundly shocking and perversely topical, THE ATOMIC CAFÉ 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. Regarded by critics as a nuclear REEFER MADNESS and likened to Stanley Kubric's DR. STRANGELOVE, this profoundly shocking and highly amusing film is a stunner, a gripping account of an unforgettable era and an indisputable must-see for all Americans.
Gives you a good feel for how the 80s looked back on the 50s and 60s.
Nominally an ant-nuclear documentary, but a really good watch, and was useful for teaching my kids... Read more
One of the best documentaries ever made, and especially groundbreaking in its lack of contemporary interviews or "voice of God" narration.Published 1 month ago by Jason Bentley
This review is an excerpt from my book "Killer B's: The 237 Best Movies On Video You've (Probably) Never Seen," which is available as an ebook on Amazon. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Scott Apel
The initial scene of the bomb being lifted by crane up to the detonation point is creepy!!
I recommend this DVD.
Beautiful critique of propaganda in the 50's and 60's without saying a word.Published 7 months ago by Common Buyer
Composed of nothing but recorded government and news films during the sixties. This funny, but shouldn't be, film highlights the full meaning of nuclear ignorance of the time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeffrey Huntington
A fond (and sometimes scary) "look back" at the mentality of nuclear detonations during the Cold War Era of the 1950s and 60s, where folks constructed bomb shelters in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by ScorpioSeven
Looking back on what we believed was the harmless "show," of experiments with exploding nuclear weapons, we are horrified at the cavalier way in which military treated its... Read morePublished 10 months ago by S.Z. M.
I give this 5 stars, but don't expect a narrated, organized film, because this isn't.
This is a somewhat haphazard collection of snippets from the 40s and 50s re: the... Read more