Threads is an apt title for this powerful and thought-provoking film. As the narrator informs us at the outset, invisible but indissoluble threads bind every part of society together so that if one part falls, it all falls. How much more true that is now than in 1984! Think of all the new technologies that have arisen since then, and how much they are truly interwoven with the fabric of our lives.
In fact, it would be the BBC that would provide the most jarring, effective, and unrelenting commentary on the time period. Threads (1984), ironically released in the same year that Orwell had prophesized would bring about complete dystopia, lived up to its title as it unraveled the collective consciousness, reducing anyone who viewed it into a broken shell of paranoia and existential dread. Although the cold war has long been over with, and the arms race is now relegated to memory, Threads provides a chilling portrait of not only war itself, but the after-effects upon humanity, and the disconnect from events half a world away, that we assume have little to no effect upon our daily life. 781b155fdc