‘Atomic Café’ a film of frisson

Oct 07, 2017
A Los Angeles boy demonstrates his father’s answer to nuclear threat — a lead-lined suit — in a newspaper clipping in “The Atomic Café.”

Thomaston — October’s Friday Night Films at Thomaston Public Library have a Nuclear Nightmare theme. Show time for the weekly movies moves to 6:30 p.m. this month.

Next up on Oct. 13 is “The Atomic Café” (1982, USA), a nonrated film that runs 86 minutes. This disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety mixes the comic and the tragic. Intelligent

and chilling, it should be seen by everyone who cares about the threat of nuclear war and the roots of American culture.

Still to come in the series are: Oct. 20, “Thirteen Days” (2001, USA); and Oct. 27, “Fail-Safe” (1964, USA). Screening are free, with donations welcome, and there are light refreshments. The library, 60 Main St./Route 1 in the Thomaston Academy building, has plenty of parking and handicap access in the rear of the building.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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