Atomic Alert (Elementary version)
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Explains steps to take in case of an atomic bomb alert or a bombing without warning at school, in the open or at home. Gives simple explanation of nuclear fusion.
Classic atomic eyeball shot
CU Hands operating a Geiger Counter
CU Students faces
CU Hands on a Geiger Counter
Atomic Scientists doing experiments
Animation of atomic bomb detonating in city
Animation of faceless boy in from of faceless family. In the background a cutout community.
Top down view of globe showing United States outlined and glowing
Teens walking down the street as a siren goes off
Teens scatter in all directions
CU One boy left in street
VO: "Don't hesitate! Take cover!"
Exterior nice suburban home
Boy and girl go down to basement
Boy and girl sitting in dark shelter
CU Boy's hand on first-aid kit *
CU Inside of first-aid kit *
Scene of people scrambling out of apartment building
Kids head down hall past "shelter area" sign
Two boys in empty stadium, sirens. Boys run *
CU Teens in rows in fallout "duck" position
WS Two boys walking down street
CU Boys talking
One boy gets up and runs through rubble [possible post riot scene]
Two boys run through rubble of city
Nice running shot through rubble
VO: "Don't drink tap water! It may be contaminated!"
MCU Ted pouring water from jug in the dark. Teens walking down street again.
VO: "....our very lives may depend on always being alert!"
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
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Subject: "Hey! We Just Got Hit By An Atomic Bomb!"
Sort of explains why all the houses in my 1948 - 1950 built neighborhood had those 2" metal venetian blinds.
Subject: "but what if there is a bombing; a bombing that comes without warning?"
As others have mentioned one of the highlights of the film is Sue, Ted's litter sister who has a hilarious accent and some sarcastic remarks to make about the entire thing.
While it's possible to poke holes in the advice given parts of this, overall it's holds together as a film (Unlike some preparedness films, IE. "Earthwatch").
I would love to know what kind of accent the narrator has, he seems to drop the letter R, rendering "protect" as "p'tect".
Additionally, the intro is highly effective. The music is sharp and dangerous while the eyeball image is quite creative. Pay close attention to the apartment house scene. The man in the upper right appears to gesture disgustedly at the siren!
Subject: Hiding under desks
Go to the second page of the story, where she goes back into her school - the building survived, but there's glass all over the desks. The majority of the injuries for folks in the building were cuts from flying glass. The space under the desks has no glass.
Subject: be alert!
Subject: When The Going Gets Tough...
Subject: Ted and Sue have a battery-powered radio...
Seriously though, the bit where the sirens go off and the kids scatter in all directions looking for shelter was actually pretty scary. Well done film, and not particularly cheesy.
Subject: Kids: bombs are bad, but a little radiation is OK.
at 0:44 (mp4 version), see the kid holding the radioactive item in his hand, moving it closer to the geiger-muller tube. Radiation is harmless in small amounts, though...
Subject: I love these
Subject: Duck and Cover isn't as stupid as folks like to think
But it sounds so worldly and sophisticated to claim that of course everyone at any distance from any nuke is going to have the flesh flensed from their bones.
I lived 50 miles from major targets, and you bet your ass I paid attention to this stuff *and* wasn't paralyzed at the prospect. But maybe I was raised by mutants. Or Baden-Powell, I don't know.
If it ever happens that you do the wrong thing during the moment/moments you have to do something better, I probably won't be telling you I told you so.
If it turns out afterwards that I envy the dead (that's you, you smarmy know-it-alls out there), maybe I'll kill myself. Maybe not, though.
Maybe I'll be digging through rubble for you.
Subject: The fifties were a horror
Subject: bad bad advice
Subject: A-Bomb America
Subject: Atomic Alert
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Another great Easter Bunny film
Subject: The People In Northern Quebec Are Doomed!
It's baffling. If the U.S. had ever been hit by an atomic bomb, people would have learned what a pack of lies they had been told about its likely effects. So, these films express a contradiction. On the one hand the film purports to have the desire of educating people as to the likely effects of an atomic blast, but on the other hand, the film-makers must know that everything they are suggesting is absolutely false and worthless advice.
Recognizing this leads us to look for another motivation for these films. Appeasement? Controlling the fear of a populus with leaders who figure they cannot bear the truth? Something else?
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