The Atomic Cafe

This darkly funny and eerily relevant 1982 cult classic about how to stop worrying and love the bomb is pieced together from government-produced educational and training... Read more

The Atomic Cafe

Directed by Kevin Rafferty and Jayne Loader and Pierce Rafferty

Year: 1982
Running Time: 88
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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The Atomic Cafe

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Directed by Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader and Pierce Rafferty


Armageddon has never been so darkly funny as in The Atomic Cafe. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. Taken together, these sources cheerily instruct the public on how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack (!) ... and how to fight and win a nuclear war. As a U.S. Army training film advises, "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man." Returning to theaters in a sparkling 4K digital restoration created by IndieCollect, The Atomic Cafe is an absurdist blast from the past that would be downright laughable if it weren’t so eerily relevant to our fake news present.

Reviews

“A stunner, a movie that has one howling with laughter, horror and disbelief. Deserves national attention."

“A comic horror film. Everyone should visit The Atomic Cafe.”

“An artfully assembled collage of official insanity.”

“A chilling memory of life in the first years under the mushroom umbrella.”

"Nuclear holocausts were never so darkly funny as in The Atomic Cafe (1982), a compilation of hilariously scrunchy archival footage.”

“Never feels too distant, despite the years, perhaps because both careless stewardship of the bomb and surreal official propaganda seem to be making a comeback.”



Awards

  • National Film Registry – U.S. Library of Congress

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Northwest Film Center Portland 1537588800September 22, 2018
Austin Film Society Austin 15371568009/17, 9/19
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1536292800September 7 - September 9, 2018
Pacific Film Archive Berkeley 15358608009/2, 9/14
Parkway Theatre Baltimore 15350832008/24-25, 8/29
Art Theatre Champaign 1534824000August 21, 2018
Laemmle Claremont 5 Claremont 1533960000August 11 - August 12, 2018
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1533960000August 11 - August 12, 2018
Laemmle Monica Film Center Los Angeles 1533873600August 10 - August 16, 2018
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1533873600August 10 - August 16, 2018
Film Forum New York 1533096000August 1 - August 14, 2018


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