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The Dud Effect

Deimantas Narkevicius

Lithuania, 2008
15 minutes, 40 seconds, Colour/B&W, Stereo, 4:3
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: BluRay / HD Digital file

The ‘dud’ is a bomb which does not explode. The film is made on abandoned former Soviet bases in Lithuania. During the Cold War there were located nuclear missiles R-12, which were aimed at the West. Some archive photo materials from the time are used in the film alongside with shots from half destroyed base and vast catacombs beneath it. The main character Evgeny Terentiev is a former officer, who has served in such a regiments in Lithuania, is performing the launch of R-12 nuclear missile. He still remember commands by heart. | Besides quite precize fictional re-creation of the launch, the work is still more about filming this quite large territory of nature (with the remains of the base) with the intention to convey psychological perception of consternation of such a possible act and its outcome.