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The Wednesday Play: The War Game

Peter Watkins United Kingdom, 1965

Richmond Hill's rating of the film The War Game

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.