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One of my favorite science films and the greatest soundtrack ever! Yes, I am considering Pulp Fiction in that statement! Jeffrey Falcon, Post-Apocalyptic fun and rock 'n roll!!!
Influence is a funny thing. I've often said that Harry Smith and Oskar Fischinger are two of the absolute stars of abstract animation, I should now say that there is another - Walter Ruttmann.
We were, for a few decades, on the razor edge of a knife that we held at our own throats. The Cold War held us in place and made us do stupid things, like build massive stockpiles of arms never realising that adding weapons to a situation has never led to greater safety; it merely brings on a greater desire to use them and prove their worth.
Atomic Cafe, a film that moves within the world of the paranoia, that takes no new shots, merely forces us to look at what our predecessors thought were good ideas, is on the National Film Reigstry, and while other pieces express the paranoia well, like Dr. Strangelove and Duck & Cover, none make us realise exactly how much a part of our lives it was, how preoccupied we were, how out of our minds we managed to make ourselves to believe we could possibly be safe.
Atomic Cafe is a call for sanity, and one we never really heeded. We did not stop being paranoid. We simply made our paranoia work for us... or at least our politicians made it work for them.
Klaus at Gunpoint
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