OK, so this week they’ve been playing The Day After on cable quite a bit. I can only assume they’ve run out of material. BUT, how many people under the age of 30 know this movie? And, how many people 30 or older do not think of it as an important and powerful film from the Cold War?
I swear, the difference in 10 years was astounding. Everyone just knew, when I was a kid in the 70s and 80s, that we were seconds away from nuclear conflagration. We had songs (99 Luft Ballons, Russians, etc.), we had movies (Red Dawn, etc.), we couldn’t escape it. Hell, we had air raid drills when I was in elementary school. Like hiding in the school basement would have made a damned bit of difference.
I think this is somewhat more significant a difference than my generation’s veneration of Levi’s 501s, don’t you?