During the Cold War, the two blocks embarked on a frenzied arms race: conventional as well as nuclear ones with increasingly terrifying powers of destruction. The round cinema screen on your left reminds that the principle of nuclear dissuasion was rooted above all in a reciprocal terror that had taken hold since 1945. The films on display here show how civilians and soldiers alike prepared themselves in both camps for this nuclear attack.
Educational films shown in schools, clips of manoeuvres in the event of a nuclear attack, propaganda films … are all just as frightening as the last. Fear of the nuclear bomb had now become a deep-rooted psychosis and an unbelievable political instrument.