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  • Summary: This film recounts how in the mid 1980's, the nation of Estonia still lay firmly in the grip of the Soviet Union, and the repressive authorities controlled virtually all aspects of Estonian life. The totalitarian government's power was derived in no small part from their ability to censor cultural life and keep Western culture on the other side of the border. Rock and Roll was but a rumor and the only television shows on the air were dreary propaganda. But one day everything changed. Just a few miles across the border in Finland, a huge new television antenna was built that broadcast western signals in all directions--including directly into the heart of the Talinn, the capital of Estonia. (Icarus Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Nov 12, 2010
    Now it can be told. The erotic film "Emmanuelle" helped end the Cold War. That's one tasty tidbit from Disco and Atomic War, a subversively funny documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Nov 9, 2010
    If another contemporary nonfiction film makes a better case for the still-controversial tactic of blending scripted scenes into factual footage, I haven't seen it.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Nov 27, 2010
    Although like the Cold War itself, the film does drag on at times, "Disco" really is a delight.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 9, 2010
    It's difficult to get a firm grip on most of what Disco and Atomic War, constructed in a mish-mash collage style, has to offer.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 11, 2010
    Disco and Atomic War describes propaganda battles between the Soviet Union and the West, with Estonian Communist officials charged to gain the upper hand, but they were helpless amid the onslaught.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 10, 2010
    The fancifulness wears out its welcome, though, and you often wish the film would treat its subject with a bit more seriousness.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 12, 2010
    Director Jaak Kilmi's remembrance of growing up under Soviet rule never tries to be anything more than a curiosity.
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