The Cold War and Film

Authored by: Andrei Kozovoi

The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415677011
eBook ISBN: 9781315882284
Adobe ISBN: 9781134700653


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The interconnection between the Cold War and cinema is a relatively new topic of research, even if it has been studied at least since Nora Sayre’s Films of the Cold War (1982). Walter J. Hixson’s Parting the Curtain (1997), engaging with the cultural dimension of the Cold War, certainly had a huge influence in this field, famously stating that the Cold War’s outcome “could only be decided on cultural ground.” 1 That said, historiography in its current state still has many shortcomings, which leads us to start by stressing “the Five Commandments” which should be considered by any Cold War cinema historian.

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