The Atomic Cafe
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The Atomic Cafe is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes sobering collection of film clips taken from American propaganda films of the 1950s. The thrust of the production is to expose the misinformation (and downright lies) dispensed by the government concerning the atomic bomb. We are shown vignettes from such classic instructional films as Duck and Cover, wherein school children are assured that they will survive a nuclear attack simply by huddling together next to the schoolhouse wall. In another sequence, a pack of pigs are dressed in Army uniforms and left to die at "Ground Zero"… More

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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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