AUTHORPerrine, Toni A.
TITLEFilm and the Nuclear Age: Representing Cultural Anxiety
PUBLISHERGarland, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY

This book analyzes the presentation of nuclear issues by commercial films from 1946 to the late 1990s. The author limits her analyses primarily to American films but includes a few Japanese and British films that received wide distribution in the United States. The films provide visual and narrative representations of how society dealt with nuclear issues from Hiroshima through the end of the Cold War to the post-Cold War years. The author begins with an overview of the cultural and historical context in which the films were made. Successive chapters address films dealing with the development of the first atomic bombs, the decision to use those weapons, nuclear testing and radioactive fallout, the nuclear arms race of the 1960s and 1970s, concerns associated with civilian nuclear power in the late 1970s, and the emphasis on nuclear war and its aftermath in the 1980s.

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