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Teaching Materials for the Film "A Bomb Was Stolen"

This film is one of the few examinations of the arms race debate from both an artistic as well as a comic standpoint. In a fictitious country, a criminal organisation and uniformed troops battle it out to get control of an atomic bomb, whilst the unwitting hero of the film reluctantly carries it around with him. Slapstick is one of the ingredients in this dialogue-free – but easily understandable – parody of both the spy film and American cinema. School students work on the themes of humour and stereotyping, interpret the film in the context of the nuclear arms race and develop an alternative ending against the background of the political situation in the 1960s.