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1963, Park Circus/MGM, 82 min, USA, Dir: Frank Perry

From Frank and Eleanor Perry, the husband-wife filmmaking duo behind such acclaimed films as DAVID AND LISA and THE SWIMMER, comes this anxiety-inducing Cold War drama based on a real incident that occurred in a rural elementary school. The film follows a group of schoolchildren and staff who react to a nuclear attack alarm bell; unsure whether or not the threat is legitimate, they make their way to a bomb shelter as they contemplate their possible destruction. Shot in a naturalistic documentary style that adds to the frightening reality of the scenario, LADYBUG LADYBUG is both a document of 1960s Middle America and a reflection of today’s ever-present fear of nuclear holocaust. Jane Connell, William Daniels, James Frawley and Estelle Parsons lead the ensemble cast.

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