Essay on Analysis Of The Movie ' The Cold War '

799 Words Oct 16th, 2014 4 Pages
CNN host, Fareed Zakaria, suggested that, “During the Cold War, we [Americans] were interested because we were scared that Russia and the United States were going to go to war.” The Cold War refers to the tense relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union between 1945 and 1991. The two sides never confronted each other within battle. Americans, however, still lived in constant fear of communism and a war with Russia. A technique I learned earlier within this class was that our society tends to turn their fears into monsters on the big screen in order to face and inevitably conquer them. For example, our society’s fear of the atomic age was transformed into the fear of Godzilla. In the film, humans eventually overcame the monstrosity and coincidentally eased the public’s fears of potential mutants. Our society has utilized this same defense mechanism with fears of war or greater powers. Many films concerning communism or wars with Russia were birthed within the 1980’s during the Cold War. An excerpt from Ronnie D. Lipschutz’s novel, Cold War Fantasies: Film, Fiction, and Foreign Policy, delves into the “veritable torrent of related books and films [that] appeared during the first half of the 1980s, building on Washington’s efforts to restore American confidence as well as to purge the real or imagined weaknesses of the 1970s.” For instance, Lipschutz utilizes the film, Rambo: First Blood Part II, as an example. John Rambo, portrayed by Sylvester Stallone, is…

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