The Atomic Cafe

Armageddon has never been so darkly funny. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements.
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Overview

Armageddon has never been so darkly funny. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements.

About

Kevin Gelshenen Rafferty II (May 25, 1947 – July 2, 2020) was an American documentary film cinematographer, director, and producer, best known for his 1982 documentary The Atomic Cafe.

By This Director

Jayne Loader was born in Weatherford, Texas and grew up in Fort Worth. Following the release of The Atomic Cafe, she wrote a novel, Between Pictures, and a collection of short stories, "Wild America", both published by Grove Press. In 1995, Jayne shifted gears yet again and created a CD-ROM and website, "Public Shelter,” featuring “WWWench," one of the first blogs. During the 2000s, Jayne and her husband, the astronomer Robert Kirshner, were Masters of Quincy House at Harvard College. She lives in Portola Valley, California and Friendship, Maine.

By This Director

Following the release of The Atomic Cafe in 1982, Pierce Rafferty co-founded Petrified Films, an independent stock footage library located in the Meat Market District, New York City. From 1984 to 1994, Petrified's holdings grew exponentially to include various corporate in-house libraries, including those of Warner Bros. (pre-1951) and Columbia Pictures (pre-1965). In 1994, Petrified Films sold its collection to Image Bank, a company that was subsequently purchased by Getty Images. In 2002, Pierce moved to Fishers Island, NY, where he works as the director of the Henry L. Ferguson Museum, an institution with archaeological, natural history and history collections, that also holds and manages the island’s only Land Trust.

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The Atomic Café

01: The Atomic Café

Armageddon has never been so darkly funny. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements.

86 min