Cold War Film Analysis

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The Cold War, a conflict between two of the world’s largest superpowers that lasted around half a century, had many changes and continuities that affected the world not only politically but culturally as well; especially in the film industry. From 1946 to 2000, spies and cloak and dagger operations were utilized by both sides, which directly translated into the film industry. But as the Cold War progressed, the space race began, which led to the desire for advanced technology and the increased imaginative capability regarding weapons and space technology; and as more countries around the world became communist, the fear of the spread of communism and communist invasion grew. All of which is depicted in various films from this time period. …show more content…
With agencies such as the British MI-6, the American CIA and the Soviet KGB pulling the strings behind the curtain, fantastical spy stories and secretive operations became the focus of innumerable films. Both communists and anti-communist regimes utilized films as popular and effective tools to influence public opinion. Towards the beginning of the war, in 1962 the film “Dr. No” was released, with the antagonist of the film being SPECTRE, a ruthless, secret, communist faction that aimed to destroy the Americans’ space program. Without the help of MI-6’s legendary spy James Bond, the communists would have succeeded in destroying the American space program, giving the Soviets spatial dominance. The film “You Only Live Twice” from 1967 is also another spy film in which spies and secret agencies save the day and stop the communists. The reason for this continuity is that the way to get to the public’s heart was through spies and secrecy, because they were adventurous and fun, especially in a time like this. And heroes like James Bond were inspiration to all, so spies and secret agents became the heart of film. This process not only took place in the Western Hemisphere, but it also took place in Eastern Europe, in the Soviet Union itself. The USSR also utilized propaganda films depicting their valiant KGB agents fighting off the devious CIA, but it was not …show more content…
The beginning of the Cold War was just after World War II, where the most impressive and devastating weapon was the atomic bomb. Films in the beginning of the war such as “Godzilla” focused on nuclear weapons and the ramifications they could have. But when the Soviets managed to launch their satellite Sputnik into space, the whole world, with the U.S. in particular, began to turn to space. Space is an unoccupied territory, the gaining of which could determine the true superpower down on Earth. With the mystical subject of space brought in to the picture in a time of war, popular culture began to fantasize about advanced space technology and weapons, weapons that could win the decide the conflict between the communists and the capitalists the 1995 film “GoldenEye”, communists gain control of a satellite in space named GoldenEye that can emit EMP pulses that destroy electronics, a weapon that could cripple and send any nation they wish back to the Stone Age, allowing the communists to dominate the world. If not for James Bond, the GoldenEye would’ve caused global

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