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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Sunday, June 03, 2007

The Fever of '57

Film #26 of my '07 list and film #2 of my SIFF experience was the world premiere of The Fever of '57.

Based on the book Sputnik: The Shock of the Century, Fever is a documentary about the launching of Sputnik and the subsequent reactions. Initially lauded as a scientific leap forward for all of mankind, American reaction to the launch soon turns to fear as speculation that the satellite could be misused for nefarious military purposes spreads. The following months led to an arms escalation that brought us to the brink of war. Presented with mounds of excellent archival footage, director David Hoffman tells a forgotten tale of American history that is every bit as fascinating as the Cuban Missle Crisis (and will leave you with a new found respect for Eisenhower). Well worth seeing.

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