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165 Ratings

The Atomic Cafe

United States, 1982


A sometimes hilarious, sometimes sobering collection of film clips taken from American propaganda films of the 1950s.

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The Atomic Cafe Directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, Pierce Rafferty

Critics reviews

Over three and a half decades later, deep in an age of neo-Know-Nothingism and crowd-pleasing condemnation of “fake news,” The Atomic Cafe is downright terrifying.
January 02, 2019
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A time capsule of a time capsule, the 1982 documentary compilation film The Atomic Café feels suddenly, enragingly relevant again. . . . It at times feels like an essay film, but its points come across cumulatively, subtly. Loader and the Raffertys use a largely chronological structure to organize their footage. There’s no narration and very little onscreen text, just a steady drumbeat of clips and sound bites.
July 31, 2018
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