Doc Nights: Newly Restored

THE ATOMIC CAFE

Directed by Jayne Loader & Kevin Raffety

USA, 1982, 1h 26min, DCP, English

Doc Nights  Newly Restored  Free Member Mondays

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Duck and cover! This narration-free film collage of newsreels, advertisements, and propaganda paints a picture of America at the dawn of the nuclear age that manages to be both chilling and hilarious. THE ATOMIC CAFE is an excellent example of the value of the film archive, stitching together images like the destruction of Hiroshima with a commercial featuring people drinking “Atomic Cocktails” for a type of dark humor that could only emerge in retrospect. The film feels as relevant as ever in 2018 as the still-existing Doomsday clock reads two minutes to midnight for the first time since 1953. Grab your Geiger counter, you don’t want to miss this one. A new 4K restoration!

DRINK SPECIAL: THE MANHATTAN PROJECT

The Manhattan Project is an Atomic Age cocktail inspired by the documentary THE ATOMIC CAFE and named after the program that birthed the atomic bomb. Made with rye whiskey, orange bitters, cherry bitters, angostura bitters, and an orange peel, it’s sure to knock your socks off! The cocktail will be featured all month long.

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