THIS ONE-HOUR ASSAULT ON THE SENSES IS LESS ABOUT INFORMING THE VIEWER THAN ABOUT JARRING THEM INTO THE REALIZATION THAT WE ARE NO LESS SAFE NOW THAN DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR
+ Survival Under Atomic Attack
With the recent release of hundreds of previously classified atomic test films by the US government The Bomb is not just timely but an important visualisation of the development of these gigantic devices. The Bomb is a stunning big-screen hybrid that sits somewhere between Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi and Jayne Loader’s found footage classic The Atomic Café but made for a new generation.
Set against a giant score from electronic outfit The Acid, the footage included is of the highest quality with vibrant colour, thundering sound and which goes from the very early days of atomic bomb development to deep space. What’s so interesting here is the frightening beauty of most of the footage which is often artfully over-laid with technical bomb information.
The Bomb is an overwhelming cinema experience by anyone’s standard and one of the most beautiful, frightening and powerful symphonic documentaries of recent years.
The film will be preceded by an actual Civil Defence short film from 1951: Survival Under Atomic Attack.