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The year is 1986. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of Great Britain and a massive fortified wall separates the city of Berlin between capitalist and communist. The permissiveness of the 1960s and 1970s has led to an era of intolerance and repression in North America and the United Kingdom which has, in turn, contributed to an escalation of nuclear tensions between east and west. All around the world those who choose to think about these things become increasingly aware that, at any moment without warning, a fast-moving wall of light might appear on the horizon and incinerate absolutely everything for inexplicable reasons.
Alternative Views on Monetary Reform" Pamela J.
Adapted from a graphic novel by cartoonist Raymond Briggs, feels like soft-spoken crossover between and Samuel Beckett’s post-apocalyptic . The book and film center on Jim and Hilda (voiced by Sir John Mills and Dame Peggy Ashcroft), a pair of working-class married pensioners who moved from London to Sussex to enjoy their retirement. When reports on the radio warn of an approaching nuclear war between the Soviet Union and western nations, Jim cheerfully begins build a shelter within their cottage so that he and Hilda are prepared in the event of a nuclear strike. Just as Jim and Hilda begin to worry that they may have overreacted to the threat, a violent shock wave cuts through their home after London becomes a causality of mutually assured destruction. Jim and Hilda’s childhood memories of a galvanized Britain under Winston Churchill allow them to keep faith that the government will protect them and that emergency services will be arriving shortly – even when conditions begin to go from bad to worse.