The Last Atomic Bomb
The Last Atomic Bomb (2005) This Richter Production documentary is a passionate video essay intended to prevent further use of nuclear weapons. The principal focus, interspersed with 1940s photos and film clips, is on the impact and aftermath of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, The human horror is documented through interviews with survivors. Their accounts of the initial terror, the discovery of charred bodies, and the long-term affects of radiation on survivors is a sobering portrayal of what, in August, 1945, was considered by Mr. Richter and many others, at that time, as President Truman’s appropriate use of the A-bomb to end of the war.
Focusing on an 80-year-old Nagasaki survivor, this documentary takes us from Nagasaki to letters delivered to 10 Downing Street, the Quai d’Orsay, and to an unsuccessful effort to deliver a letter by peace activists to the White House. The intention is to get the United States, Great Britain, and France to take the lead in the gradually elimination of a massive stockpile of nuclear weapons.
This award-winning 91-minute film highlights the unspeakable devastation on civilians of nuclear war. It also seeks, through selected spokespeople and quotations from then-prominent American military leaders, to prove that the August, 1945 decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki was militarily unnecessary because 1) Japan was engaged in peace feelers and 2) there was no immediacy to save U. S. lives, since an invasion of Japan was scheduled for November.
No thoughtful person can deny the human tragedies associated with the nuclear attacks on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The question of ‘morality’ in war poses more vexing issues. For a fuller context within which to consider the powerful
message of The Last Atomic Bomb, one may wish to see: Hiroshima: The Decision to Drop the Bomb(2005), Japan’s Atomic Bomb(2005), The Last Mission(2002), and Unit 731: Nightmare In Manchuria(1996).