Disco and Atomic War tells the story of a strange kind of information war: when TV broadcasts from Finland could be picked up in Estonia, the Soviet totalitarian regime goes toe to toe with the heroes of western popular culture.
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Not really a film. A TV documentary about the influence of Finnish TV on Soviet Estonia, made up mostly of TV clips. The American shows DALLAS and KNIGHT RIDER are the major touchstones. There are some film references, NONOTCHKA and EMMANUELLE. And I did appreciate seeing how Prague '68 was portrayed on Soviet TV. But calling this "Disco and Atomic War" is a come-on, really this is about TV in Estonia.
I don't watch a lot of documentaries, but this one was interesting. It explains why you see those movies on YouTube where a Russian guy with a flat affect talks over the movie. It's also amazing to me how Dallas and Knight Rider could be propaganda without even trying.
Out of the fire and into the disco inferno. Donna Summer and Dallas? Hardly Assata Shakur and David Gilbert. Well...in the words of the immortal Method Man, "first I"m gonna getcha once I gotcha I GAT-cha." Welcome to the nightmare of freedom. Now roll up your sleeves, we've got work to do.
A fascinating and entertaining documentary about something I never knew existed: a technological and cultural Cold War across the Gulf of Finland fueled by an endless stream of crappy American TV series...