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NUCLEAR FUSION OF THE CINEMATIC SORT: MOVIES WITHIN MOVIES

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Which is more impressive: the shag-carpet fullness of Michael Douglas’s beard (take that, Liberace!) or the glorious cascade of Jane Fonda’s tresses? Clearly, 1979 was a great year for hair. Poor Jack Lemmon doesn’t stand a chance. Which, if you’ve seen “The China Syndrome,” is pretty much how things play out onscreen.

A clip from that movie makes a cameo appearance in the new pro-nuclear documentary “Pandora’s Promise.” Robert Stone’s film is well done in the standard manner of contemporary agit-doc: talking heads, archival footage, that sort of thing. But what jumps out at the viewer is how he tackles head on the fear of nuclear power embedded in the culture by including clips from two famous cultural examples of that fear.

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