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Atomic Bomb Cinema: Illness, Suffering, and the Apocalyptic Narrative

From: Literature and Medicine
Volume 17, Number 1, Spring 1998
pp. 126-148 | 10.1353/lm.1998.0007


Shapiro traces the evolution of Atomic Bomb Cinema in U.S. and Japanese films from the 1950s and '60s. Utilizing the theories of Erik Erikson, John Collins, and Eric Cassell, this essay interprets Atomic Bomb Cinema through the lenses of crisis, apocalypse, and suffering. After contextualizing the films in relation to The Time Machine, the essay analyzes four films, On the Beach, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Mosura tai Gojira, and Ikimono no Kiroku.