I had seen Atomic Cafe and Threads earlier this past spring. Both are films about nuclear war, but they are very different in the ways that they explore the subject.Atomic Cafe
is an absolutely amazing film that explores life during the atomic age through a dark collage of newsreel footage, government archives, military training films and music. While it is highly amusing at times, it is also a bit staggering to realize that this was indeed the reality for many americans during this time period.Threads
is a documentary-style film from 1984 which explores the possibility of a nuclear strike on Britain and the effects of this attack on those unfortunate enough to live through such an occurrence.
Threads is one of the most unbelievably effective films I have ever seen which tackles such a weighty and upsetting subject as nuclear annihilation. It does not tiptoe around the after effects and instead offers a very realistic and horrific glimpse into a life after a nuclear attack. There are images in this film that will forever be seared into my consciousness. What makes it so effective and so brutally amazing is that it is still topical today as the reality of such an occurrence is most definitely present.
Rewatching it last night made me ponder the situation in North Korea which was quite sobering since nuclear threat is even more prevalent in our society today.Living in NY seems to keep most New Yorkers in a constant state of alertness but it cannot be denied that the vulnerability level here is quite high.
We are more informed and more on guard, but the stakes are higher in this day and age.With terrorism looming and major advances in technology and science, the threats of attack are higher. While our level of preparedness is better,it is also in direct proportion to the complexity of the weapons involved.
It is a sobering thought but a necessary one.