Memories of the Cold War have often been shaped by the popular films that depict it—for example, The Manchurian Candidate, The Hunt for Red October, and Charlie Wilson’s War, among others. The Cold War on Film examines how the Cold War has been portrayed through a selection of 10 iconic films that represent it through dramatization and storytelling, as opposed to through documentary footage.
The book includes an introduction to the war’s history and a timeline of events. Each of the 10 chapters that follow focuses on a specific Cold War film. Chapters offer a uniquely detailed level of historical context for the films, weighing their depiction of events against the historical record and evaluating how well or how poorly those films reflected the truth and shaped public memory and discourse over the war. A comprehensive annotated bibliography of print and electronic sources aids students and teachers in further research.
- Provides a unique guide to the Cold War experience for film history buffs, students and scholars of history, and fans of cinema
- Offers equal emphasis on the films themselves and the historical events depicted
- Presents carefully researched and highly informative coverage
- Stimulates debate over the various ways the war was interpreted and experienced