The book is also an informed and entertaining analysis of the representation of Russians and Soviets in American cinema. Rarely has a country loomed so large in the American zeitgeist yet remained so unknown. As a result, it was mainly through the medium of film that Americansâ images of and attitudes towards Russia were shaped. From the 1920s to the 1950s these depictions often mimicked the contemporary state of U.S./Soviet relations at that time: the anti-Soviet Ninotchka, establishing the trope of the seduction of a Soviet by Western charm; the WW II films such as Mission to Moscow and Days of Glory which lent a positive spin to the tribulations of our erstwhile ally. The Cold War brought a slew of Red-baiting genre films (along with notable action and spy films), while the intermittent post-Stalin âthawsâ are represented by such classics as David Leanâs Doctor Zhivago and Warren Beattyâs Reds. Russians in Hollywood, Hollywoodâs Russians is an original contribution to our knowledge of the early Hollywood film community and a lively blend of film analysis and social and political history.
About: This book is the first look at the colorful yet largely unknown story of Russian Ã©migrÃ©s who worked in the American film industry, and the representation of Russians and Soviets in Hollywood movies.
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