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Soviet and American Images of the “Enemy Number One”: Cold War Cinema and its Contemporary Reception

Sun, November 8, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Virtual Convention Platform, Room 22

Session Submission Type: Panel

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Today’s anxieties are shaped by the images of the enemy created in the previous times in no small degree; moreover, this imagery is widely employed by the actors of symbolic politics. The images of the enemy serve as a constant part of the human history but the Cold War provides especially rich materials for studying them. On the both sides of the Iron Curtain cinema played an irreplaceable role in constructing them within this cultural Cold War. The panel focuses on comparative analysis of the techniques of constructing the images of the enemy by Cold War films as well as the ways of deconstructing them by films of the detente. Besides that, the panel aims to examine how contemporary audiences in Russia and the United States perceive the Cold War cinematic imagery and to discuss its possible impact on the current state of Russia-U.S. relations.

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