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The War Game

1965

The War Game Poster
  • As the USSR invades West Berlin and the rest of the world shudders at the thought of an uncontrollable nuclear conflict, the English population remains grievously ignorant. Docudrama pioneer Watkins grimly conceptualized this indifference through handheld camerawork and jostling, eerie background noise.

  • [Watkins' masterpiece] is The War Game... In a series of ingeniously shot and edited sequences, Watkins shows a household ripped apart in the aftermath of a bomb blast, and then goes on to dramatize the slow decline of a small-town community trying to live without food, water, or medicine.