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Program Title: the Day After Trinity
EASC Code: JD-06
Series Title:
Region/Country: United States, Japan
Language: English
Subtitles:
Subject: History, Science & Technology
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Director: Jon Else
Producer: Pyramid Home Video
Release Date: 1981
Running Time: 88 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: THE DAY AFTER TRINITY is a haunting journey through the dawn of the nuclear age, an incisive history of humanity's most dubious achievement and the man behind it-- J. Robert Oppenheimer, principle architect of the atomic bomb. Since the first nuclear weapon exploded into the desert sky over New Mexico, the specter of total annihilation has become a part of our everyday reality. How did this happen? How did we become prisoners of our own creation? Can we hope to solve this problem without recognizing and understanding its origins? This incredible drama examines the life of Oppenheimer and the development of the bomb, from its beginnings as the weapon to defeat the Nazis through the aweful aftermath of its use on Japan. Finally, it focuses on Oppenheimer's opposition to the continued development of nuclear weapons during the McCarthy era of the 1950's. Featuring commentary from scientists and soldiers directly involved with the Manhattan Project and archival footage only recently declassified, this gripping film is essential for understanding where we have been and where we are going in the Nuclear Age. It is a film you cannot afford to ignore.
Data Entry Date: 12/11/2001