The summer of 1983, a big budget television film crew landed in Lawrence, Kansas. The Day After told the story of a Midwest community and the aftermath of a nuclear strike. I was living in Lawrence and had been for the previous 20 years. When a film production comes to town, it’s a big deal. … More The Day After (1983)
Many of us grew up in the time of very testy relations between America and the Soviet Union following the Second World War. This dislike settled into what was known as the Cold War, where direct confrontation somewhat lessened, but the nuclear threat became embedded in a war by proxy. As a kid, the nuclear … More Duck and Cover Your Head: Living in the Age of Thermonuclear War
It was bound to happen. The East and West have a nuclear conflict of some sort. Deadly fallout is traveling around the globe, killing life as it goes. Australia is one of the last places alive, and time is running out. An American submarine arrives in Melbourne, captained by Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck), who picks … More On the Beach
Two very different films on a related subject from the early 1960’s. One of the reasons I enjoy films from this time period is the frank subject matter, often adapted from best sellers, that take the viewers to the edge of reality with minimal soap opera or totally unrealistic and annoying love interests. These are … More Seven Days in May / Fail Safe (films)
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