The Day After Trinity
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If you have children, or friends, who have only passing knowledge of the Atomic Age, and the effect it had on history, you deserve to own a copy of this classic film. It's instructive, but it is quietly passionate. You can't watch this and not be effected emotionally. That's the highest praise I can give a film. See this film...!
Unfortunately, unlike the BBC series, this film does not go into the various technical problems the development of the A-Bomb encountered. Those involved in the project all pointed out how Oppenheimer was able to understand the various disciplines involved in building the bomb (physics, pyrotechnics, electronics, communications, shock waves, etc) and thus he was able to focus in on the best way to solve the various technical problems encountered.
One thing I found interesting is the fact that the film left in Haakon Chevalier's devastating critique of Oppenheimer where he says Oppenheimer was lying when he said the Chevalier had approached him with George Eltenton's proposal to transfer information on the Bomb to the Soviets. Chevalier emphatically denied that he supported this idea, saying only the national leaders could make such a decision, whereas the BBC series simply shows us a meeting in Oppenheimer's kitchen where the matter was discussed, but we are not told what was really said. The fact is that Oppenheimer maintained his friendship with Chevalier and he even visited him in Europe during the 1950's when the accusations against Oppenheimer were being loudly proclaimed.Read more ›
My favorite segments are the interviews with Robert Serber, Oppenheimer's TA at Berkeley and lifelong friend. He's one of the most transparent people I've ever seen on film, and it's fascinating to watch him re-experience conflicting emotions about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
If you have just one iota of intellectual curiosity in your body, you've got to watch this one!!!
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I'm sure this is a great documentary and a very interesting subject matter. I would love to own the DVD but for $90.00? Really? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eugene B.
This superlative documentary "The Day After Trinity" (a Peabody Award-winner, and Academy Award nominee from 1980/81) produced and directed by Jon H. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
The documentary is quite fine, but can't quite do justice to the subtleties of Oppenheimer's character or the terrible moral ambiguity of what was unleashed at Trinity.Published 12 months ago by Stephen J. Whitfield
Outstanding coverage. Very compelling and should be read by everyone.Published 16 months ago by Robert
great documentary. couldn't help feeling sorry for this tremendously gifted scientist.Published 19 months ago by John M. Miljavac