September 710, 2016
Meltdown: Nuclear Fears on Film
Command and Control, the gripping new book by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), looks at the many flaws in the complex human and technological systems that have been put in place to prevent nuclear catastrophe. Fear of nuclear annihilation reached its peak during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, was a staple of Cold War culture, and remains with us today. As the U.S. presidential election nears, raising the question of who will control the nuclear arsenal, this series is as timely as ever. (The new documentary Command and Control, based on Schlosser’s book, opens at Film Forum on September 14).