This is visionary, bold, direct filmmaking. The clarity of the director's aim and the willful lack of subtlety shocks you into taking notice. Peter Watkins was never more iconoclastic. Which is why the BBC did everything they could to bury this film, for over thirty years
Woah. A feirce and daring little quasi-documentary full of some of the most haunting moments. It's downright astounding that this film was made for the general public as it has a deeply polarizing message that is perhaps not so subtly told but takes it's message to the ultimate conclusion. Certainly would have frightened me into political action had I seen it at the height of the cold war era.
Aside from the bold structure - multifaceted docudrama, vox pop, satire, statistics, etc. - what strikes one is the scathing questioning of how, and why, the state would respond in such an eventuality. The horrific imagery of human suffering is made worse by challenging the very society we'd expect to respond in our apparent best interests. It's as much an indictment of 'peacetime' assumptions as it is apocalypse.
Antecedentes, sucesos y consecuencias de un posible ataque nuclear en una ciudad inglesa. Similar a Culloden, Watkins promueve una dura crítica a la Corona y a las políticas nucleares de los entonces países protagonistas de la Guerra Fría.Una reflexión a la conciencia social y el acto negligente del gobierno respecto a sus normativas antes las catástrofes. Lo que no me gustó:ocasionalmente un dramatismo sobreexpuesto
Very well done. So well done, in fact, that BBC commissioned it, then decided that it was too frightening to show. Watkins is one of the greatest innovators in documentary cinema, (along with Chris Marker). A very real documentary using a fictional premise, as he did in "Privilege", and "Punishment Park".