Film Review: DARK CIRCLE (Newly Restored; directed by Judy Irving, Christopher Beaver & Ruth Landy)

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by Tony Frankel on November 5, 2020

in CD-DVD,Film

WHAT GOES AROUND…

It’s been 75 years this month since the start of the Atomic Age, with the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, but its trail of destruction has never ended.

Dark Circle covers both the period’s beginnings and its aftermath, providing a scientific primer on the catastrophic power of nuclear energy while also relating tragic human stories detailing the devastating toll radioactive toxicity has taken on people and livestock — focusing in large part on Rocky Flats, Colorado, whose plutonium processing facility infamously contaminated the surrounding area. Supervised by original co-director Judy Irving, this classic doc about the nuclear age has been newly restored, and questions asked then are just as eye-opening and relevant as the day it came out.

California still has a reactor in San Luis Obispo, and PG&E claims they will shut down these Diablo Canyon reactors beginning in 2024, but what comes of the plutonium? And regardless of the steps North Korea takes to expand its nuclear program, should we abandon ours completely? Watching this 1982 film should be mandatory viewing. Perhaps the ever-present Military Industrial Complex will feel less complex. And if it ever becomes too intense, you can always concentrate on the Farah Fawcett hairstyles.

Dark Circle
new 2K HD Restoration
First Run Features
documentary | 82 minutes | 1982
on VOD and DVD

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