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Nuclear Dynamite ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB525219
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Gary Marcuse, Betsy Carson, Selwyn Jacob, Graydon McCrea, Michael Allder
Directors:  Gary Marcuse
Producing Agencies:  Face to Face Media Ltd. (Vancouver),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Science, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2000
Running Time:  52
Closed Captions:  Yes

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A new Panama Canal, carved through the continent by hundreds of nuclear
blasts. A harbour in Alaska, excavated instantly by five atomic explosions. A
massive mission to Mars, in a rocket propelled by 1,000 nuclear bombs. Scenes
from a sci-fi novel? Hardly. These and other fantastic plans were dreamed up
by American and Soviet scientists. Between 1957 and 1988, they set off 150
nuclear explosions in an effort to use the atom as an engineering tool--and,
in the words of hydrogen bomb co-inventor Eward Teller, 'to reshape the land
to your pleasure.' Featuring key Russian and American scientists as well as
recently discovered test footage, Nuclear Dynamite is the first film
to reveal the untold history of the two superpowers' atomic mega-projects. It
also chronicles the rise of an environmental movement which emerged in fierce
opposition to the threat of radioactive fallout. Nuclear Dynamite is
an extraordinary look at the clash between the scientists who promote new
technologies and an environmental movement which warns of disastrous
consequences for the planet.

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