Los Alamos Documentary - The Town That Never Was

This short Los Alamos documentary tells the story of the evolution of the Manhattan Project at the location from 1942-1945. Footage of the former Los Alamos Ranch School is shown, in addition to the top-secret town itself. The film is from the Bradbury Science Museum.

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 Manhattan Project Los Alamos Home Movie Footage

Physicist Hugh Bradner came to Los Alamos in 1943. It was there that he met his future wife Marjorie Hall, who was working at Los Alamos as a secretary. With informal permission from the U.S. Army, Bradner shot a collection of home movies of life at the top-secret location, a site that didn't officially exist. His Los Alamos home movie footage represents the only look at life in the Los Alamos area during that time. It shows the scientists at work and at play. Hugh married Marjorie in Los Alamos in 1943, however, security was so tight that neither Marjorie's parents nor Hugh's parents were allowed to attend. Hugh Bradner went on to invent the wetsuit.

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 Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Destruction Footage

This 1946 film Tale of Two Cities from Army-Navy Screen Magazine and presented by the War Department is a pictorial report of the atomic bombs' destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Footage of each atomic bomb going off is shown, followed by ground footage of the aftermath, specifically the structural damage that spread out from the "zero point" directly beneath the explosion.

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 First Atomic Bomb Explosion - Trinity Test, July 16, 1945

The most famous video of the first atomic bomb explosion, known as the Trinity test, which occurred on July 16, 1945. The shots were taken for unclassified distribution, shot with 3 rolls of 35mm black and white film instead of 16mm film. They were referred to as the Newsreel rolls. The wide shot utilizes a 75mm lens, the second shot uses a 450mm telephoto lens and is focused on the bottom of the explosion. The final shot is with a tighter lens focused on the barrage balloons.

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 Robert Oppenheimer Reflects on the Trinity Atomic Bomb Test

The interview portion of this footage, which aired on NBC in 1965, shows American theoretical physicist and "father of the atomic bomb" J. Robert Oppenheimer reflecting on the July 16, 1945 Trinity test in New Mexico. Oppenheimer's quote reveals a more philosophical viewpoint, ending with a line from the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

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 Manhattan TV Show Trailer

"Whoever builds it first, that's the end game. So it has to be us, whatever the cost," says fictional Manhattan character Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey) in the Manhattan TV show trailer. The WGN America drama takes the real history of the creation of the world's first atomic bombs via the Manhattan Project and retells it with fictional characters. Watch the trailer for a glimpse at this dramatized interpretation of history.


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