The Atomic Cafe
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An ironic documentary about American propaganda during the early days of the atomic bomb, The Atomic Cafe makes its point through skillful editing of period footage. Instructional films such as the infamous "Duck and Cover" are contrasted with actual footage of atomic testing. The result is alternately hilarious and frightening.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This poignant, often funny docu consists of revelatory clips used by the government as propaganda about the Atomic Bomb."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Shocking, sobering, hilarious and insightful. You'll never look at nuclear war the same way!"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"One of the most trenchant, bitter and horrific looks at the 'atomic' and Cold War era."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Strikes a middle ground between surrealism and pop culture."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The film is not completely fair but it does convey a reasonably accurate sense of one aspect of the social consciousness following the War"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"The Atomic Cafe captures the Atomic Age and the resulting Cold War better than any documentary"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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