Atomic Café, The: American Propaganda Clips

This original docu consists of poignant and funny collection of film clips taken from American propaganda films of the 1950s.

The filmmakers aim at exposing the misinformation, myths, and lies, disseminated by the U.S. government about the fearful atomic bomb.

There are vintage vignettes from such classic instructional films as Duck and Cover, wherein school children are naively assured that they will survive a nuclear attack by huddling together next to the schoolhouse wall.

In another, hilarious clip, pigs are dressed in Army uniforms and left to die at “Ground Zero,” during a nuclear test to see if human beings, who have the same skin consistency as pigs, could endure such an ordeal.

Effective as instructional work, “The Atomic Café” should be shown in schools, because it shows how ideology and propaganda work, and how easy it is to manipulate the populace views, especially in crisis times


Running time: 88 Minutes.
Directed By: Jayne Loader , Kevin Rafferty