Disco and Atomic War

Disco and Atomic War


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Who won the Cold War for the West -- Ronald Reagan or J.R. Ewing? Filmmaker Jaak Kilmi takes a witty look at the role of pop culture in the collapse of the Soviet Union and its allies in this documentary. In Disko & Tuumasoda (aka Disco and Atomic War), Kilmi uses Estonia as an example of the rise of Western cultural influences in Soviet-controlled nations in the 1970s. Estonia bordered Russia but was across a gulf from Finland, and it was fairly easy for many Estonians to pick up Finnish radio and television broadcasts. While the Soviet-controlled Estonian media attempted to convince citizens of the danger and decadence of America and its allies, folks with the right television antennas could pull in U.S.-produced television shows like Dallas (as well as late-night showings of softcore porn films, illegal under Soviet rule). Consequently, the joys of nighttime soap operas, American and British pop music, and Western fashions may have had as much to do with the collapse of communism as any explicit political movement. Kilmi also reveals how capitalism found a foothold in Estonia through a black market in television aerials capable of pulling in stations from Finland.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
UPC: 0854565001640
Original Release: 2009
Source: Icarus Films
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 78,366

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kiur Aarma Narrator
Jaak Kilmi Narrator
Alo Korve Narrator
Jaan Tootsen Narrator
Liina Vahtrik Narrator
Eduard Toman Narrator
Gerda Viira Urve
Oskar Vuks Jaak
Toomas Pool Toomas
Jaan-Joosep Puusaag Joosep
Einar Kotka Young Nikolai
Aleksandr Aug Joosep's Father
Birgit Veemaa Joosep's Mother
Katrin Roosipuu Katrin Roosipuu

Technical Credits
Kiur Aarma Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Jaak Kilmi Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Aleksi Bardy Co-producer
Olger Bernadt Sound/Sound Designer
Liisi Eesmaa Set Decoration/Design
Margus Karu Casting
Karin Karu Casting
Asko Kase Cinematographer
Lauri Laasik Editor
Marju Lepp Set Decoration/Design
Helina Risti Set Decoration/Design
Annika Sucksdorff Co-producer
Kristjan Svirgsden Cinematographer
Manfred Vainokivi Cinematographer
Ardo Ran Varres Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Disco & Atomic War
1. Propaganda [3:00]
2. Soft Power [3:00]
3. Disco Lesson [3:00]
4. Bourgeois TV [:50]
5. Underground Dealings [2:09]
6. Star Wars & Collapse [3:00]
7. Emmanuelle [3:00]

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