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The Day the Earth Caught Fire, 1961.

At the end of the week a newly restored print of the film will be shown at the British Museum to a select 1,200 people [billed as an outdoor screening but in fact in the covered forecourt ]. Heather Stewart, creative director at the BFI claims that “The film has been rather forgotten.” Do these administrators ever get out? Forgotten by whom? That is no more meaningful a statement than saying that practically every 1950s and 1960s British film has been rather forgotten by most people.

The Day the Earth Caught Fire is one of those what if-eco-cold war bomb-disaster movies that were quite popular around the middle of the last century; particularly the 50s through 70s. The most striking aspects of the movie are the orange-tinted opening/closing sequences and the ambiguous ending. And of course, always good to see a deserted doomsday London.

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