Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Marxist Movie Reviews 07: The Atomic Cafe (1982)

Welcome to Marxist Movie Reviews, a series that attempts to look at modern and classic films from the perspective of what they say about society and social conflict. This point of view has historically been left to the academic world. However, this kind of analysis can provide anyone who enjoys movies with insights into the messages they deliver.

The Basic Plot: This a collection of 1950s and 1960s films, public service messages, instructional videos and other visual media (presented without narration) dealing with the worldwide proliferation of nuclear weapons during the Cold War

The Best Part(s): All of it

While it was far from funny at the time, Americans' concern with nuclear war with the Soviet Union led to the creation of a lot of interesting and often amusing films dealing with the subject. Here in the 21st century the population is so used to having nuclear warheads around it seems bizarre for such strange actions and reactions to danger be taking place, but the sentiments aren't that much different than how Americans felt immediately after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 2001. Fear, paranoia, and barely contained panic expresses itself the same way, with carefully detailed instructions and cartoons provided to help make things a little more bearable. This documentary is an invaluable look into a past era that, on close inspection, is not entirely different from our own.

My Rating: 10/10 ("Loved It")

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