Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Adaptation: Cold War/Atomic Black Comedy

Following up the idea suggested by Alan, I have looked into a couple of films that mock the Cold War and fear of the Atom. The first of these is Dr. Strangelove, a 1964 black comedy film directed by Stanley Kubrick that ridicules the nuclear scare.

The second film is The Atomic Cafe directed by Jayne Loader.  Released in 1982, this is documentary that mocks the absurdity of the governments guidelines and propaganda using quotes from them such as;

Civil defense film: Be sure to include tranquilizers to ease the strain and monotony of life in a fallout shelter. A bottle of 100 should be sufficient for a family of four. Tranquilizers are not anarcotic, and are not habit-forming.


Army information film: When not close enough to be killed, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.

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