Ebert – DCUSH 1302 (Spring 2014)
Word Count: 4,000
Prompt: How have your films changed/aided the popular view of this era of American History?
Final: The Cold War (Finalth)
Often times, the vast entirety of the world populous enjoy movies for their entertainment or insight value, as well as the variety of topics of which they offer. The Cold War, a popular theme among many films, perpetuated from 1945, following World War II, until 1991. As the historical tensions between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Russia, USSR, the two nations came to stand off, only to be interceded by the all too unfortunate and plausible concept of Mutually Assured Destruction. The era raises the question and sense of awareness for each country of the other’s strength, striking fear into those who lived to see it unfold. The American society, in an effort to raise public awareness of the threat that lay at its door step, turns to the entertainment industry for assistance in their dilemma. Between 1982 and 1991, during the rise of the burgeoning motion picture industry and the apex of the Cold War, several motion pictures make their debut where they depict Soviet Russia and its destructive and innovative potential. These films based within the time period, such as The Hunt for Red October, Red Dawn and War Games, are noteworthy examples of American propaganda during the later period of the Cold War and its distortion of what threats lie at the relative east in an effort to raise concern over the intercontinental standoff.
The Cold War subsisted as a forty year, or in light of alternate perspectives- perpetuating, conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. Following the conclusion of World War II, the capitali...
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...ican propaganda during the later period of the Cold War and its distortion of what threats lie at the relative east in an effort to raise concern over the intercontinental standoff. Even with the Cold War’s perpetuation since 1945, the tensions between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Russia are interceded only by the all too unfortunately plausible concept of Mutually Assured Destruction. During the height of the burgeoning motion picture industry and the apex of the cold war, the directors of such films intended on producing motion pictures that would depict Soviet Russia and its destructive and innovative potential. Thanks to this industry, the era would be successful in raising the American society’s sense of awareness toward the Soviet’s ingenuity; thus increase the support of the United States populous’ stance in the anti-Soviet movement.
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