Friday, April 29, 2011

Threads 1984

from Google video's verbiage:

Threads is a 1984 television docudrama depicting the effects of a nuclear war on the United Kingdom and its aftermath. Written by Barry Hines and directed by Mick Jackson, Threads was filmed in late 1983 and early 1984. The premise of Threads was to hypothesize the effects of a nuclear war on the United Kingdom after an exchange between the Soviet Union and the United States escalates to include the UK.

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At May 02, 2011 6:38 PM, Blogger micah holmquist said...

I love this movie. Then again, it is a mixture of two of my favorite genres – films about nuclear war and fiction films that use the conventions of documentary film for storytelling purposes.

Jonathan, have you seen Peter Watkins’ The War Game? It is a British film from 1965 that uses a similar mix to tell similar story, although with less emphasis on personal narratives.

At May 02, 2011 6:51 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi Micah,
No, I've never seen The War Game but I'd very much like to. I've never seen anything by Watkins but I read his essay on what he calls the "monoform", which is a little hard to explain in a quick blog comment, but essentially it's a discussion of his belief that the traditional structure of a Hollywood commercial film is designed to make you less likely to question authority, and more likely to uncritically accept the inequality of capitalist society.

I found it fascinating, and a lot more readable than you might expect, because it was gratifyingly light on the convoluted academic jargon.


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