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I still have to watch it! I think I'll have to check the net to get it from ebay or elsewhere. The few pictures I saw are just ..wow! Really something captivating!
Now, I wouldn't say it is 'depressive'; it's too graphic and 'arty' to be depressive; it seems more like a random collection of weird images like parts of a bizarre circus.

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You can watch the movie on YouTube...

the first time i saw it, i just was flashed...no music, no dialogues..actual no real story. but in some way i really enjoyed it...

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Never heard of it!

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Found it:


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Interesting, I'll have to watch this! The screenshot given on Wikipedia is actually the cover image of "Sounds of Decay"... :O

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some other interesting screens:

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Cold War Nuclear Holocaust Scenario Movies

I was about to post this as it's own own thread when I found this one.

These days people seem have forgotten about the constant threat and fear of Nuclear War that older forum members will remember during the Cold war prior to 1990. Modern movies like "The Road" sort of skip over that fear. But around the early/80s there were some awesome Nuclear war Scenario movies.

The most depressing of these with the least destruction is Testament(1983). This movie focuses on a family in a small town out side of the blast area of a Nuclear explosion in LA. The Father of the family is in LA at the time of the explosion and this grim slow moving story features such happy highlights as the town cemetery running out of plots as the local population slowly die of radiation sickness, the mother of the family having one of her sons die and losing her nerve whilst attempting to commit suicide with the other son with exhaust fumes. You can watch this fun feel good story here: http://youtu.be/UIW8nWXTkEY

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Next up on the happy scale is Threads(1984). A Docudrama that when aired one Sunday night at 9pm to an unsuspecting UK TV audience, was credited with single handedly put the nation off the nuclear war effort. This one features probably the most graphic images and also has an epilogue that takes an interesting look at the devolution of the human race several years after the event. Watch the full movie here: http://youtu.be/_MCbTvoNrAg

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The Day After(1983) was originally a US TV movie that was so popular that it received a world wide cinematic release. It's also probably the most well known of the genre. I haven't watched this one in years but I'm told that it hasn't aged well although it features some good scenes of nuclear destruction. You can watch it here: http://youtu.be/r2B7sdLPMfc

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When The Wind Blows(1986) is kind of like an animated version of Testament. Only from the viewpoint of a retired couple, James and Hilda Bloggs who live in rural Sussex, England. Their only perception of war is of living through WWII so they go about their daily lives after the war naively unaware of what's going on around them or what is happening to them. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/N9aHT-IlkHo

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Lastly is the The War Game(1965) which is kind of the odd one out as it was made 20 years before the movies mentioned above. But it's not so odd when you discover that, due to it's graphic nature, it was pulled from it's original UK TV showing on the 12th anniversary of Hiroshima and not seen on TV until 1985. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/xjy9MLNxS1s
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As an aside, these days it looks like a lot of old disused missile silos have become hot property to be souped up into trendy modern homes: http://www.missilebases.com/properties


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I tried to watch Testament. I really tried, but I found it uninspired. The worst being the little children fest at school and all those parents crying... Fuck! I couldn't stand it, I was laughing with bitter disappointment. Then I said to myself, no way, this is girl film... and it turned out it is.

Moreover, this is absolutely not what I call a depressive movie (and from the extract of that other film you've posted, I can tell this isn't the least depressive either).

Solaris by Tarkovski is a depressive movie, sort of.


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Stalker is better...

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Agreed and more beautiful, but Stalker isn't depressive. Solaris is much more complex than Stalker, whose mysticism is quite easy to grasp.

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Agreed and more beautiful, but Stalker isn't depressive. Solaris is much more complex than Stalker, whose mysticism is quite easy to grasp.


maybe not, but I wasn't really talking about being depressive, just a better (imo) film than Solaris.

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The Bela Tarr's films hold a depressive feel. He can be seen as a disciple of Tarkovski.

Just watch this and behold his genius for sequence shot:



but his one film I prefer is the 7 hour-long Satantango:


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"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"

It's about a Boy who live near to a Extermination Camp, and finds a jewish friend.

But the ending is very sad...

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I forgot about an important movie in the history of cinema: "Johnny got his gun", which is the only movie directed by Dalton Trumbo, the famous black-listed screenwriter, very strong anti-war story.


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Agreed and more beautiful, but Stalker isn't depressive. Solaris is much more complex than Stalker, whose mysticism is quite easy to grasp.


maybe not, but I wasn't really talking about being depressive, just a better (imo) film than Solaris.


I'd agree with both of you - "Stalker" is better (more interesting, fascinating and original), "Solaris" is more depressive (or emotionally charged, if you will). I have to say that I like Soderbergh's "Solaris" film a lot, too (and it's definitely depressive), even though Lem himself hated both of 'em if I recall correctly. A while ago I read "Roadside Picnic" by the Strugatsky brothers (in German translation obviously), on which "Stalker" is based (albeit quite loosely) - a very interesting read, I can only recommend it! The edition I read had a great afterword by Lem, too.

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The film about the death of Cobain by Van Sant is depressive. Boring and depressive. Its boringness makes its depressiveness even more overwhelming.

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Watched this Asian film "Last Life in the Universe" recently, very beautiful, and fairly depressive in some ways.

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I was re-reading this thread, and I came to the conclusion that many here are confusing 'depressive' and 'depressing'.

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