DIRECTORMacCaig, Arthur
TITLEI Am Become Death: They Made the Bomb
DISTRIBUTORFirst Run/Icarus Films
RUNNING TIME56 minutes

Through interviews and archival footage, this documentary film tells the story of the scientists who created the first atomic bomb. The film focuses in particular on the Manhattan Project and on the scientific head of that project, J. Robert Oppenheimer. In interviews for the film, numerous scientists, including Edward Teller, Hans Bethe, Robert Wilson, Robert Serber, and Harold Agnew, recall their own roles in the making of the atomic bomb and their impressions of Oppenheimer and Los Alamos, New Mexico, where much of the work was done. Events leading up to the Manhattan Project are also covered, such as the famous letter from Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard to President Franklin Roosevelt. In addition, the scientists interviewed present their recollections of the Trinity test, their views on the use of the atomic bomb against Japan, and their reactions to the revocation of Oppenheimer’s government security clearance in the 1950s. Historical footage of the Trinity test, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and a 1965 interview with Oppenheimer are included.

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