The Atomic Cafe

TitleThe Atomic Cafe
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsLoader, Jayne, Kevin Rafferty, and Pierce Rafferty
Running Time1h 26min
Date Released03/17/1982
DistributorLibra Films
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

The Atomic Cafe is a 1982 American Cold War documentary film, created from a broad range of archival material from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s including newsreel clips, television news footage, U.S. government-produced films (including military training films), advertisements, television and radio programs. This propaganda was designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety. In 2016, The Atomic Cafe was one of the 25 films selected for preservation in the annual United States' National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The press release for the Registry stated that "The influential film compilation 'Atomic Cafe' provocatively documents the post-World War II threat of nuclear war as depicted in a wide assortment of archival footage from the period."

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