April 19, 2013

Threads (1984)

A family cat enjoys some time in the sun in this once harrowing (but now very dated) BBC dramatisation of a potential nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England.

Weeks after the bombs have struck, another cat lies exhausted and possibly dying among the rubble.

Much later, a group of children are taught to read and speak English by being shown old VHS tapes of educational programmes which were originally intended for a younger age group. One they watch just happens to include a cat.

Perhaps we are meant to assume that one of the eventual long term effects of nuclear war on civilization will be that cats no longer exist. Now that really is frightening!

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