<i>FALLOUT</i> and the Making of <i>ON THE BEACH</i>
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When my father, Stanley Kramer, made the film ON THE BEACH back in 1959, its images of the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust frightened movie goers. The film, based on the novel of the same name by British author Nevil Shute, starred Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins and is set in Australia, where the last survivors of an all-out nuclear war await the inevitable arrival of a radio-active fallout cloud that will finish off the last people on Earth. The cautionary movie tale alarmed movie goers around the world. In the 50 plus years since then, the real dangers of the film's message remain as witnessed most recently with the Fukushima nuclear reactor incident.
For some, the shocking footage was a call to action. Dr. Helen Caldicott, who grew up in Melbourne, could never forget the images of the beautiful, elegant streets of her native city, "bereft of life and silent, as a blind gently flapped in the breeze, indicating the end of life on Earth" at the end of t
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