This week’s question: nuclear war films. Practically since the arrival of nuclear weapons, the dropping of the Big One has been a seductive subject for a whole range of filmmakers. What’s your favorite?
Steve De Jarnett’s Miracle Mile is a real-time look at what would happen if you plan a date before the world ends. Frederick Wiseman’s documentary Missile follows the men and women who look after the United State’s nuclear arsenal.
Here is what our host Richard Peña thinks, “Actually, as much as I like Dr. Strangelove, I’ve always been a great fan of Fail Safe as well. There’s also Peter Watkins’ extraordinary docu-fiction The War Game, a film that scared the bejeezus out of me when I first saw it in high school and which still gives me bad dreams.”