It is now widely believed that nuclear
from the cinema between the years 1963 to 1980. This is clearly
not correct. Bomb films do decline by about thirty percent in this
time period, but it is a mischaracterization to say that they “disappeared."
Additionally , I have tried using several different
scholars’ timelines as axes along which to divide Bomb films into
historical periods. These time lines include:
or events in nuclear technology;
The arms race,
and the cold war;
Major technological, economic, political,
legal, and social developments of the cinema;
and, more simply, decades.
No matter how I divide Atomic Bomb Cinema into
historical periods, no one period varies from the overall average
by more than 30%. Thirty percent is statistically significant, but
it does not suggest "cycles" of public apathy, psychic
numbing, or "years of neglect" (Atomic Bomb Cinema,
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Table 1. This table lists the
number of bomb films released each year, both before and after WWII,
in chronological order from 1914 to 2000. At the end of the table
the total and average are also given.
Table 2. This table is identical to Table 1, except that
it is limited to only the post WWII years, in chronological order
from 1945 to 2000. Total and average are given at the end of the
Table 3. In this table, the number of films released
each year is listed in descending order, and are ranked. The table
covers the years 1914 to 2000.
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