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Pondering if the area is de facto going to hell in a handbasket? Then reflect on Roger Ebert's publication unique 32 videos to revive Your religion in Humanity. learn Roger's full-length stories of flicks and re-light your trust within the human spirit. From the out-of-the-world event of E.T. to the outer area drama of Apollo thirteen to the private insights into traditional humans in Cinema Paradiso and Everlasting Moments, you'll be reassured that perhaps there's wish for us all. combine in historic dramas like The Bridge at the River Kwai and Gandhi, tales of non-public heroism like Hotel Rwanda and Schindler's List, and the impossible to resist Up, and issues may be having a look, good, up! As an further allure, many of the reports comprise clips from trailers from the flicks, with such gem stones as Casablanca and Say Amen, Somebody.

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The immediate response to this sequence is to laugh, primarily at the comic ineptitude and naïveté of the notion that cowering under a picnic blanket or tucking oneself under a school desk is adequate protection against an atomic blast, but also at the government’s belief that anyone would find this propaganda credible. There are several official films throughout The Atomic Café that provoke much the same response: the cartoon film about a doctor and his patient suffering from ‘nuclearosis’; the nuclear family (sic) at the end who, after surviving a bomb in their shelter, re-emerge with father saying stoically that they have not suffered that badly and now have ‘nothing to do except await orders and relax’.

As de Antonio comments, ‘This film [Millhouse] attacks the System, the credibility of the System, by focusing on the obvious and perfect symbol for that system’ (Weiner 1971: 4). Repeatedly, what de Antonio attempts in his documentaries is not the articulation of a solution to a problem but the exposure of what is wrong, the infinitely corruptible and corrupting political and ideological system that dominated America during the period he was making films (1963–89). In this, the films remain both democratic and radical.

The comic and political elements are necessarily intertwined, as Nixon afforded so many opportunities for satire; Millhouse’s ‘Six Crises’ structure, for instance, ironically mimics Nixon’s pre-presidential memoirs, Six Crises. From the early years spent hounding Alger Hiss in 1948 (and the absurd discovery of some incriminating film in a pumpkin in Whittaker Chambers’ garden)15 or smearing his opponent Helen Gahagan Douglas’s name during their 1950 senatorial contest, Nixon’s ‘creepiness’ and comic potential serially endangered his progression as a politician.

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